Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Big Bonus Club; as Thousands Face Axe, Bosses Given Payouts of Up to [Pounds Sterling]92,000

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Big Bonus Club; as Thousands Face Axe, Bosses Given Payouts of Up to [Pounds Sterling]92,000

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Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA

BBC bosses today sparked anger among staff facing massive job cuts as it emerged senior executives have pocketed [pounds sterling]550,000 in bonuses.

One of the biggest winners, with a [pounds sterling]65,000 lump sum on top of his [pounds sterling]245,000 annual salary, was BBC human resources chief Stephen Dando - who has helped spearhead plans for 4,000 redundancies.

The figures appear today in the BBC's annual report. It shows the corporation's executive board together earned more than [pounds sterling]3.7million in the year to 31 March. BBC deputy director-general Mark Byford took home [pounds sterling]92,000 in addition to his [pounds sterling]351,000 pay.

Anticipating the row at a time when he is imposing [pounds sterling]355 million budget cuts, directorgeneral Mark Thompson opted to waive his bonus. But the move is unlikely to engender sympathy among staff, as he still earns an annual [pounds sterling]453,000. His predecessor Greg Dyke earned [pounds sterling]368,000 a year.

Director of television Jana Bennett took home [pounds sterling]63,000 on top of her annual [pounds sterling]255,000; director of radio and music Jenny Abramsky was awarded [pounds sterling]58,000 plus her [pounds sterling]233,000 pay; and director of policy and legal Caroline Thomson, a key player in the move to cut costs, was given a bonus of [pounds sterling]64,000 on top of her [pounds sterling]210,000 wage.

Union leaders are today expected to hit out at the payments. More than 13,000 staff went on strike earlier this summer over planned job cuts.

Last week unions and department heads held talks over where the axe will fall.

However, from next year, the maximum bonuses available to executives will be 10 per cent of annual salary - down from the current level of 30 per cent.

BBC chairman Michael Grade said: "It was important to retain some element of performance-related bonus, but 30 per cent was too high for a public sector organisation. …

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