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The BBC rich list revealed with Huw Edwards picking up £465,000 annual salary

The BBC annual report has revealed the Welsh stars paid the most by the broadcaster.

The names of BBC talent earning more than £150,000 a year have been published, a move previously instigated by the Government.

Welsh presenter Huw Edwards is in the top five BBC presenters paid the most with a salary of £465,000-£469,999.

Jason Mohammad’s salary is slightly down on last year, having taken home £355,000 in 18/19.

The figures released by the Beeb today show the sports and radio presenter take home £285-£289,999 in the year 19/20.



Jason Mohammad’s pay has gone down on last year

Jeremy Bowen, journalist and tv presenter, took home £220,000 to £225k.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, the director of BBC Cymru Wales, earned between £190,000 to £195,000.

Salaries paid through BBC Studios, the broadcaster’s commercial arm which makes Strictly Come Dancing, Antiques Roadshow and Doctor Who, are not disclosed.

This is why presenter Alex Jones’ salary is not included in this list.

Across the rest of the BBC, Gary Lineker continues to be one of the BBC’s top earners.

Lineker took £1.75 million, according to the figures, which cover the period until the end of March this year.

However, in an announcement on Tuesday, the BBC said the Match Of The Day host was reducing his salary by 23%.

Gary Lineker earned £1.75 million in 2019/20, meaning a 23% reduction would take this figure to around £1.35 million – just below the £1.36 million that Zoe Ball earned in 2019/20.

BBC Radio 2 breakfast show DJ Zoe Ball shoots up the list – on £1.36 million, making her the highest-paid woman in the top 10.

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The salary does not include her presenting work for Strictly Come Dancing’s It Takes Two.

Graham Norton takes about £725,000 for his Radio 2 show and some TV work, but not his chat show.

Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright is on about £475,000.

Newsreader and election night presenter Huw Edwards is on more than £465,000.

Fiona Bruce takes home over £450,000 for her work on Question Time.

BBC Radio London’s Vanessa Feltz is on about £405,000.

Desert Island Discs host Lauren Laverne makes the top 10 for the first time, with more than £395,000.

Broadcaster Stephen Nolan is on over £390,000 for his radio work, including 5 Live.

The BBC previously opposed the publication of salaries as a “poacher’s charter”, but then-boss Lord Hall later said he welcomed the “transparency”.

The salaries are being published amid questions about how the BBC will be funded in future.

The licence fee model is guaranteed until December 31 2027, the end of the current charter.

Decriminalisation of licence fee evasion could also be on the cards – but the BBC has warned that switching to a civil system would cost the broadcaster more than £200 million a year.

The BBC began means-testing the free TV licence for over-75s in August, having previously delayed its introduction because of the pandemic.

BBC director-general Tim Davie said Lineker has signed a new five-year contract with the BBC.

“And he has done so at a saving of nearly a quarter over his last contract,” he said.

“We are hugely honoured to have a broadcaster of such brilliance at the BBC.

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“And this is a great example of giving audiences both the best talent and the best value.”

The BBC is clamping down on presenters’ use of social media.

Davie added: “Gary knows that he has responsibilities to the BBC in terms of his use of social media.”

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