The BBC may spend big on its stars but their salaries shouldn't come at the expense of its radio output

Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans takes home £2.2 million from the BBC
Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans takes home £2.2 million a year from the BBC Credit: BBC

We have been, metaphorically speaking, through an earthquake. Last Wednesday the BBC was obliged by the government to publish in its annual report the names of its highest paid employees, those who earn above £150,00 a year. The first shock wave came at how many received such big pay packets. The second was at the wide difference between the rates paid to men and women. Various other aftershocks will carry on rumbling, one being what effect such expenditure has on the BBC’s actual reason for being: the making of programmes that serve the public.

Listeners were swift to challenge some higher paid presenters directly. In reply to one, Radio 2’s Chris Evans, top of the salary league at £2.2 million,...

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