Gary Lineker still BBC’s highest earning presenter with £1.35 million pay packet

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Gary Lineker is still the BBC’s highest earning presenter, getting £1.35 million last year credit:Bang Showbiz
Gary Lineker is still the BBC’s highest earning presenter, getting £1.35 million last year credit:Bang Showbiz

Gary Lineker is still the BBC’s highest earning presenter, getting £1.35 million last year.

The 61-year-old football pundit remained at the top of the corporation’s list of best-paid staff after he saw his wage drop on the previous year from £1.36 million – after he voluntarily took a pay cut from £1.75 million in 2020.

He first topped the list of the BBC’s highest earners in 2017/18 with his pay bracket of £1,750,000 to £1,759,999.

Zoe Ball, 51, is also still the broadcaster’s second highest rewarded on-air talent, with a salary of £980,000 to £984,999.

Figures released on Tuesday (12.07.22) also showed the Radio 2 host’s salary falling for a second consecutive year.

One of Gary’s colleagues Alan Shearer, 51, has seen a year-on-year increase of £60,000, bringing his latest salary to £450,000-£454,999.

It puts him joint third with DJ Steve Wright, 67, whose salary this year had a £15,000 decrease.

The wages are contained in the BBC’s annual report for 2021/22, which shows four out of the top 10 best paid names have seen their salaries fall.

Among those who got a pay rise was Radio 1 DJ Greg James, 36, whose salary increased £80,000.

He now earns between £390,000 and £394,999 for work including the ‘Radio 1 Breakfast Show,’ ‘Rewinder’ on Radio 4, ‘Radio 1's Big Weekend’ and ‘Out Out! Live’.

Other large salary increases included one for BBC breakfast host Naga Munchetty, 47, who got a £110,000 rise.

The corporation’s media editor Amol Rajan, 39, had an increase of £85,000, while Victoria Derbyshire, 53, saw her salary go up £70,000.

The number of women on this year’s top earner’s list is lower than in the previous 12 months, going from four to three.

Lauren Laverne, 44, does not feature in this year’s top 10 as her wage fell by £15,000 to the £380,000–£384,999 bracket.

Newly married Graham Norton, 59, is also absent from the list after departing Radio 2 in December 2020 to start a show at Virgin Radio.

It comes after the BBC suffered several departures of high-profile names from its presenting line-up, including Emily Maitlis, 51, Andrew Marr, 62, and 45-year-old former ‘BBC Breakfast’ host Dan Walker, who left for Channel 5.

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