Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BBC Vows Not to Reveal Details of Stars' Salaries

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BBC Vows Not to Reveal Details of Stars' Salaries

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Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent

THE BBC today moved to reassure its stars that their salaries would not be revealed in a transparency drive showing how its [pounds sterling]3.6billion a year from the licence fee is spent.

The corporation played down a report that new salary bands would give a clear indication of the earnings of top performers such as Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton without actually naming them.

But it did promise to reveal for the first time the total cost of all onscreen and on-air "talent" -- from newsreaders and chat-show hosts to extras in EastEnders. These figures, due at the start of next year in a quarterly breakdown of costs, are also likely to show the number of BBC employees who appear in front of camera or on radio.

A BBC spokesman said today: "We will provide talent spend figures across the organisation which deliver much more transparency and detail, but this will not result in individual fees being disclosed. …

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