Gary Lineker and Zoe Ball lead BBC top earners

Gary Lineker is once again the BBC’s top earner, according to new figures, but he is taking a pay cut.

The Match Of The Day host took £1.75million in the period until the end of March this year – before any cut – according to figures published in the corporation’s annual report.

Zoe Ball is second on the list, with £1.3m, followed by Graham Norton on around £725,000.

The top 10 also includes Steve Wright, Huw Edwards, Fiona Bruce, Vanessa Feltz, Lauren Laverne, Stephen Nolan and Alan Shearer.

Lineker has also signed a new five-year contract with the BBC which involves a 23% pay reduction.

He said: “I love working with the BBC, and am very proud to continue to be a part of their outstanding football team. I’m looking forward to the next five years – with a European Championship and World Cup on the horizon, it’s exciting times for me and the team.”

Following the announcement, made as the BBC unveiled its annual report, Lineker tweeted: “Oh dear. Thoughts are with the haters at this difficult time.”

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

Top 10 highest-paid BBC stars

  1. Gary Lineker – £1,750,000-£1,754,999
    2018/2019 figure: £1,750,000-£1,754,999
  2. Zoe Ball – £1,360,000-£1,364,999
    2018/2019: £370,000-£374,999
  3. Graham Norton – £725,000-£729,000
    2018/2019: £610,000-£614,999
  4. Steve Wright – £475,000-£479,999
    2018/2019: £465,000-£469,999
  5. Huw Edwards – £465,000-£469,999
    2018/2019: £490,000-£494,999
  6. Fiona Bruce – £450,000-£454,999
    2018/2019: £255,000-£259,999
  7. Vanessa Feltz – £405,000-£409,999
    2018/2019: £355,000-£359,999
  8. Lauren Laverne – £395,000 – £399,999
    2018/2019: £305,000-£309,999
  9. Alan Shearer – £390,000-£394,999
    2018/2019: £440,000-£444,999
  10. Stephen Nolan – £390,000-£394,999
    2018/2019: £325,000-£329,999

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