BBC Star Salaries - How Much the Top Stars Earn

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BBC Star Salaries - How Much the Top Stars Earn

List of highest-earning talent at the BBC. We examine the income and how the stars could structure their taxes.

The BBC published its annual report for the 2016/2017 year at 11am this morning. Normally the report includes information about the corporation's performance, outlook, viewing figures and goes over the business of finances and spending. The corporation took in £3.742 billion in licence fee revenue in 2015 and £3.787 billion in 2016 - a rise of £45 million - and employs around 21,000 people worldwide.

Remuneration information previously was limited to details of the number of people earning earning over £500,000 to over £1m but did not name anyone. This year the spending section was expanded to include specific details of stars who earned over £150,000 per year due to a change in the BBC Royal Charter.

Exact figures were not published, with the Beeb instead taking the option to categorise its stars earning over £150,000 into salary segments of £50,000 apiece.

Sums shown in the list below are remuneration received by BBC employees for work directly attributable to the BBC - additional amounts paid to production companies on behalf of a star's show are not included. Graham Norton's Friday night show, for example, is produced by an external production company which then pays Norton. This is much like how its predecessor, the Jonathan Ross Show was produced by his 'Hot Sauce' production and therefore the company was paid and not Ross directly. Incidentally, seven years ago Ross's £6m a year contract led to pay row.

The BBC restricts total talent pay as a percentage of their internal content budget to around 15 percent. In 2015 the corporation spent £200m on talent (12 percent of their internal content budget - and a decrease of 4% year-on-year). In 2016 the corporation spent £194m on talent (11.5 percent of their internal content budget).

BBC Star Salaries and Estimated Tax Paid

Stars earning £150,000 - £200,000

Laurie Brett, Letitia Dean, Tameka Empson, Guy Henry, Linda Henry, Scott Maslen, Diane Parish, Hugh Quarshie, Jemma Redgrave, Tim Roth, Catherine Shipton, Gillian Taylforth, Lacey Turner, Darcey Bussell, Mel Giedroyc, Craig Horwood, Paul Martin, Simon Schama, Kamal Ahmed, Jeremy Bowen, Ben Brown, Mark Easton, Gavin Esler, Jame Naughtie, John Pienarr, Sophie Raworth, John Simpson, Kirsty Wark, Justin Webb, Adrian Chiles, Greg James, Shaun Keaveny, Moira Stuart, Jo Whiley, Jonathan Agnew, Clare Balding, Jonathan Davies, John McEnroe, Naga Munchetty.

PAYE Taxation: £60,000 - 83,000 (Tax + NI Percentage: 40 - 41.5%)

Stars earning £200,000 - £250,000

Peter Capaldi, Danny Dyer, Emilia Fox, David Jason, Rosie Marcel, Adam Woodyatt, Gary Barlow, Len Goodman, Dannii Minogue, Bruno Tonioli, Alan Yentob, Victoria Derbyshire, Mishal Husain, Martha Kearney, Laura Kuenssberg, Andrew Neil, Jonathan Sopel, Mark Radcliffe, John Inverdale, Gabby Logan, Mark Chapman, Jools Holland, Dan Walker.

PAYE Taxation: £83,000 - 107,000 (Tax + NI Percentage: 41.5 - 42.8%)

Stars earning £250,000 - £300,000

Amanda Mealing, George Alagiah, Nicholas Robinson, Ken Bruce, Scott Mills, Trevor Nelson, Jason Mohammad, Zoe Ball, Brian Cox, Evan Davis.

PAYE Taxation: £107,000 - 130,500 (Tax + NI Percentage: 42.8 - 43.5%)

Stars earning £300,000 - £350,000

Nick Knowles, Eddie Mair, Lauren Laverne, Sue Barker.

PAYE Taxation: £130,500 - 154,000 (Tax + NI Percentage: 43.5 - 44%)

Stars earning £350,000 - £400,000

Derek Thompson, Tess Daly, Vanessa Feltz, Nicholas Grimshaw, Simon Mayo, Fiona Bruce.

PAYE Taxation: £154,000 - 177,500 (Tax + NI Percentage: 44 - 44.4%)

Stars earning £400,000 - £450,000

Alex Jones, Nicky Campbell, Alan Shearer, Andrew Marr, Stephen Nolan.

PAYE Taxation: £177,500 - 201,000 (Tax + NI Percentage: 44.4 - 44.7%)

Stars earning £450,000 - £500,000

Alex Jones, Nicky Campbell, Alan Shearer, Andrew Marr, Stephen Nolan, Matt Baker, Claudia Winkleman.

PAYE Taxation: £201,000 - 224,500 (Tax + NI Percentage: 44.7 - 44.9%)

Stars earning £500,000 - £550,000

Steve Wright.

PAYE Taxation: £224,500 - 248,000 (Tax + NI Percentage: 44.9 - 45%)

Stars earning £550,000 - £600,000

Huw Edwards.

PAYE Taxation: £248,000 - 271,500 (Tax + NI Percentage: 45 - 45.3%)

Stars earning £600,000 - £650,000

John Humphrys.

PAYE Taxation: £271,500 - 295,000 (Tax + NI Percentage: 45.3 - 45.4%)

Stars earning £700,000 - £750,000

Jeremy Vine.

PAYE Taxation: £318,500 - 342,000 (Tax + NI Percentage: 45.5 - 45.6%)

Stars earning £850,000 - £900,000

Graham Norton.

PAYE Taxation: £389,000 - 412,500 (Tax + NI Percentage: 45.8%)

Stars earning £1,750,000 - £1,800,000

Gary Lineker.

PAYE Taxation: £812,000 - 835,500 (Tax + NI Percentage: 46.4%)

Stars earning £2,200,000 - £2,250,000

Chris Evans.

PAYE Taxation: £1,023,500 - 1,047,000 (Tax + NI Percentage: 46.5%)

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