BBC cuts big star salaries

The BBC has confirmed that their top stars’ salaries will be cut at the next renegotiation of contracts.

A spokeswoman for the corporation confirmed that presenter and staff fees had been affected by market and business conditions, which had “clearly changed” due to the economic downturn, however no specific information has been revealed on how much of a reduction would be made to salaries.

The decision comes after the BBC Director General Mark Thompson announced that senior BBC staff would not be receiving any pay rises or bonuses until 2010.

The spokeswoman also said: “Whilst it’s true to say that we are, of course, honouring existing contracts, our presenters are aware that when contracts fall due for renewal, the fee will be reduced.

“We hugely value our talented presenters, but the fees we pay are influenced by market conditions, which have clearly changed.

“Naturally, those on the highest fees will be most affected by market conditions. Everyone at the BBC is conscious of the pressures that the public is facing,”

While the BBC has not revealed specific individual pay information, it has been reported that Jonathan Ross is facing a £4.5 million pay decrease as part of the cost-cutting measures. It has been suggested Ross is earning £18 million on a three-year long contract for his television and radio shows, while other major talent such as Chris Moyles, Jeremy Clarkson and Graham Norton are also on similarly lucrative deals.

According to The Sun newspaper, the broadcaster is looking to reduce the salaries of radio and television presenters earning more than £100,000 a year by 25%.

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