Naga Munchetty receives biggest BBC pay rise as she lands impressive £255k wage

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The BBC annual report has shown that 52 journalists at the taxpayer funded news corporation are paid more than £150,000 a year.

This year's report has revealed that the top journalists earnings rose 3% as 52 earn more than £150k a year.

The British Broadcasting Corporation has cut spending on its top journalistic talent by 10% over the past year.

Naga Munchetty, the presenter of BBC Breakfast, got the biggest pay rise of 30%, going from £195,000 – £199,999 to earning £255,000– £259,999.

Press Gazette’s calculations have revealed that about £9.8m was spent on the BBC journalists who earned £150,000 in 2020/2021.

The previous year's spend was £9.47m.

£2.7m was paid to news and current affairs senior executives alone.

Huw Edwards has been the BBC’s best-paid journalist since 2018.

The Welsh presenter did however have his salary drop 9% in the 2020/21 financial year.

The BBC only reveals wages that lie within a £5k pay band, therefore the pay changes are approximate.

Economics editor Faisal Islam went from earning £155,000 to between £205,000 and £209,999.

He did however join the BBC in the 2019/20 financial year so the new amount is based on his first full year as Editor.

Victoria Derbyshire's BBC Two show was cancelled in March last year so she got the biggest pay cut, originally earning between £215,000 – £219,999.

She now presents BBC News and earns between £170,000-£174,999.

Despite a focus on global health during a pandemic, BBC medical editor Fergus Walsh and health editor Hugh Pym did not make the over £150,000 earners list.

Popular BBC Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball was the second biggest on-air earner after Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker.

She took a 10% voluntary pay cut to contribute to the spend reduction of the public service.

Zoe said she felt uncomfortable about her £1.13m salary but her new reduced salary, £980,000, is not yet in the report.

BBC director-general Tim Davie said: “I think everyone recognises the strategy which is getting value to audiences and most conversations are mutual and constructive.

“Clearly as a management team we want to get more value and we are willing to make tough decisions to that extent, but I think these conversations have all been constructive, as with Zoe Ball where she came forward and said she wanted to adjust her salary. I think everyone is absolutely with the programme on that one.”

Davie continued: “Overall most of the declines if you look at them are structural, either renegotiations – there was quite a lot in terms of little reductions with things like election coverage or not, but overall I think we should maintain restraint in pay across the top talent regardless of the shape of the year.”

The report warned that more people will appear on the top-earners lists as the BBC is in an “extremely competitive market for talent, with inflation levels for pay often well above the average for the UK economy”.

The BBC revealed it has closed 1,331 pay cases since 2017, and has only seven still active.

The media corporations gender pay gap has closed from 9.3% in 2017 to 6.2% in 2020 to 5.2% this year.

Considering the national average pay gap is 15.5%, that is pretty great.

The BBC said its pay gap for black, Asian and minority ethnic staff is still near 0%.

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