The BBC has published its Annual Report, which includes a list of the corporation’s highest paid talent.

The list only includes talent paid over £150,000 within the last financial year, a requirement by the BBC charter. focuses on the highest paid South Asian talent on the BBC during the 2018/19 period.

1. Jason Mohammad
Salary: £355,000 – £359,999
Service: BBC Radio

2. George Alagiah
Salary: £315,000 – £319,999
Service: BBC News (TV)

3. Mishal Husain
Salary: £255,000 – £259,999
Service: BBC News (TV)

4. Amol Rajan
Salary: £210,000 – £214,999
Service: BBC News (TV)

5. Naga Munchetty
Salary: £190,000 – £194,999
Service: BBC News (TV)

6. Tina Daheley
Salary: £185,000 – £189,999
Service: BBC News (Radio)

7. Nihal Arthanayake
Salary: £175,000 – £179,999
Service: BBC Radio

8. Reeta Chakrabarti
Salary: £170,000 – £174,999
Service: BBC News (TV)

Senior Executives
Bal Samra – Group Commercial Director
£325,000 – £329,999

Kamal Ahmed – Editorial Director
£205,000 – £209,999

Neelay Patel – Director, Product and Systems (former)
£200,000 – £204,999

Jatin Aythora – Chief Architect
£185,000 – £189,999

Gautam Rangarajan – Director, Strategy
£170,000 – £174,999

‘Match Of The Day’ presenter, Gary Linekar remained the most paid talent across the BBC. He earned £1.75 million – same as the previous year. Chris Evans, who exited the BBC to join Virgin Radio, notched up earnings of £1.25 million, followed by Graham Norton with £610,000. Unlike last year, three women appeared in the list of Top 10 earners, including Claudia Winkleman (£370,000), Zoe Ball (£370,000) and Vanessa Feltz (£355,000).

A BBC statement said, “When we first published figures for talent paid over £150,000 in 2016/17, there was a 75:25 split between men and women on the list(excluding BBC Studios). The projection for 2019/20 is now 55:45. Last year there were no women in the top ten, this year there are three. This is rapid change.”

It added, “We have hit our workforce targets for BAME, LGBTQ+ and disability representation. We have more women in leadership roles than ever before at 43.8%. But we still have more to do at senior leadership level, both for BAME and female representation, and we will work hard to do so. The BBC now leads the way on transparency on pay in the media.”

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