BBC stars who’ve taken pay cuts as Gary Lineker and Zoe Ball agree to less money

BBC stars who’ve taken pay cuts as Gary Lineker and Zoe Ball agree to less money (Image: GETTY)

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Zoe Ball is one of many BBC stars who have taken pay cuts this year.

The Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter, 50, asked for a 28% pay cut for a new two-year deal.

A source previously told the Mirror: “Zoe has always been grateful for the wage she earns, but in the current climate, and during a pandemic, she felt increasingly uncomfortable about how much she earned.”

Director General Tim Davie said in the Beeb's annual report: “We have reduced pay on our top stars by 10% and I should say some of the changes won't yet have fed through in the numbers in the report."

Zoe Ball elected to take a pay cut from the BBC
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He added: “Zoe Ball, for example, requested a pay cut when she agreed to her new deal and that full reduction of 28% isn't yet fully reflected in the figures published today.”

Zoe’s new salary will stand at £980k, compared with the £1.36m which she earned last year.

This new deal came into effect a few months ago, with Zoe’s pay this year standing at £1.13m.

However, she is not the only star to have taken a pay cut as a result of the changes.

Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker has since joked about his pay cut on Twitter
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Football legend Gary Lineker has already had a much-publicised pay cut after he elected to take home less money.

For the financial year of 2019/20, Gary had earned £1.75m but agreed in September last year to a £400k pay cut.

He remains the BBC’s highest-earning star at £1.36m.

On Tuesday, Gary tweeted a joke about it when he shared an article about the cut, penning: “'Another one? Christ, nobody told me.”

Steve Wright

DJ Steve Wright is a BBC veteran and ranks third of the highest-paid stars
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English radio personality and DJ Steve Wright has also taken a pay cut.

The report revealed that Wright will now earn £470k after taking a £10k pay cut.

Steve is the third highest-paid star at the BBC and the second highest-earning male star.

He joined the BBC back in 1980 as the presenter for Saturday evenings on BBC Radio 1.

Huw Edwards

BBC News presenter Huw Edwards is the face of breaking news for the corporation
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The BBC News presenter Huw Edwards is another of the most high-paid stars of the corporation.

However, the presenter has now taken a pay cut of £40k compared to the previous financial year.

This means Huw is now on £420k for his work and he is the fourth-highest-earning star at the BBC.

The BBC News lead presenter for major breaking news in the United Kingdom joined the corporation as a news trainee in 1984.

Fiona Bruce

Fiona Bruce is the second most high-paid female star at the Beeb
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The BBC News, Question Time and Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce is another of the BBC’s big female stars.

However, Fiona is also another face to take a pay cut, in this case, one of £45k.

Fiona’s salary now rests at £410k and is the second-highest-paid woman at the BBC after Zoe ball.

She first joined the BBC as a researcher for Panorama in 1989 before becoming the first female newsreader for BBC News at Ten.

Ken Bruce

Scottish radio DJ Ken Bruce also took a pay cut
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Meanwhile, Scottish BBC Radio 2 star Ken Bruce is another to take a pay cut.

The presenter/DJ has seen his salary go down by £20k to £370k after the changes.

Ken's career with the BBC began when BBC Radio Scotland launched in November 1978.

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