revealed the salaries of its top stars Wednesday, with presenters Chris Evans
and Gary Lineker
among the highest earners. The public broadcaster was forced by the British government to publish the names and numbers in its annual report, and as expected, the data showed that most of the big earners are men, fueling a debate on the gender gap at the BBC
Evans (pictured), who has worked across radio and TV for the BBC
, was the highest-earning star and the only one in the £2,220,000 to £2,249,999 bracket. (The figures are banded in £50,000 increments.) Evans placed above talk-show host Graham Norton
, who earned between £850,000 and £899,999.
The top-earning woman at the BBC
was presenter Claudia Winkleman
, in the £450,000 to £499,999 bracket, significantly behind a number of male stars; Evans’ salary is at least four times that of Winkleman’s. Her “Strictly Come Dancing
” co-host, Tess Daly
, was in the £350,000 to £399,999 bracket.
The figures cover what talent was paid during