The BBC Trust has claimed that some of its biggest TV and radio stars will have their salaries examined in the coming months in order to keep the station resilient enough against competitors such as ITV.
Among these big names the broadcasters are referring to as the presumed highest-paid within the corporation are chat show host and Radio 2 star Graham Norton, Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, and Newsnight anchor Jeremy Paxman.
Among its ‘programme of reviews’ the trust will look into the payment of its star employees, which comes to around £200 million annually. An expert independent consultant will be brought in to look at the BBC's payroll details for big names, which costs the equivalent of more than 1.3 million licence fees.
The Trust confirmed the review will begin later this spring and “will examine the BBC's processes to control costs in recruiting and developing talent, and benchmark against the wider market”. Last year the annual report for the BBC revealed that 14 stars are paid more than £500,000 annually. This was hardly seen as much as it was only down from 16 from the previous year.