BBC reveals gender pay gap among top stars

At the top of the list is radio and TV presenter Chris Evans who earned between £2,200,000 and 2,249,999 in 2016/2017. Emily Maitlis, the newsreader, Sarah Montague, the presenter of the Today program on Radio 4, and Louise Minchin, who presents BBC Breakfast, do not earn more than £150,000 a year, according to the disclosure.

And how does the BBC's top earning female compare to the judiciary's? Fans of the show didn't lament his exit, as many found his shouty presentation style off-putting. "We're in a market, and it's a competitive market".

Match of the Day's Gary Lineker earned between £1.75 million and £1.8 million, chat show host Graham Norton made more than £850,000, and news presenter Jeremy Vine earned up to £750,000.

Two-thirds of the stars earning more 150,000 pounds are men, fuelling a debate on gender equity at the BBC.

This is in stark contrast to colleague Gabby Logan who earnt between £200,000 and £249,000.

Reports state that the BBC could face a lawsuit for the gender discrimination from its female presenters. He said it was right the list was made public, telling reporters: 'We are the ultimate public company'.

In a series of interviews this morning, BBC director general Lord Tony Hall insisted the BBC are 'pushing faster than any other major broadcaster, ' to close the gender gap for payment but conceded they 'need to go further and faster'.

It was revealed that Evans was paid between £2.2 million and £2,249,999 during 2016/17 for his work at the BBC, which included Top Gear and Radio 2.

The highest paid woman on the list was Claudia Winkleman, the co-host of Strictly Come Dancing, with earnings of more than £450,000, while her co-host Tess Daly received over £350,000. I'm not going to re-run the arguments that we had with the Government on the charter.

The BBC signed off on around 43,000 talent contracts over the course of its financial year. It's why the bill for top talent is down by 10% year on year - down by a quarter over the last five years.

"I don't want to talk about individuals when it comes to the Today programme but let me just say you would be wrong to say that the lowest paid member of the presenting team is a woman".

Stars employed indirectly through independent production companies would not be caught by the pay ratio, the spokesman said.

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