BBC Pay: Jeremy Corbyn would cap Gary Lineker's salary

Jeremy Corbyn at the BBCDominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA ImagesJeremy Corbyn at the BBC.
  • Corbyn would implement a limit on the pay for BBC stars.
  • Highest paid stars would be limited at earning 20 times the amount of the lowest paid staff.
  • BBC would also be hit by an “excess pay levy” for paying people in excess of £330,000 a year.
  • PM says she is pleased that BBC pay has been published.

LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn would put a cap on the salaries of the BBC’s highest paid stars, his spokesperson confirmed today.

Household names like Gary Lineker would be banned from earning more than 20 times the lowest paid members of staff, the spokesperson said.

“We regard excess pay at the top end as being a problem,” Corbyn’s spokesman said.

Stars would also pay higher tax with the BBC also facing an “excess pay levy” for any salaries over £330,000 a year.

Asked if the ratio would apply to directly-employed BBC stars, such as Gary Lineker and Chris Evans, Corbyn’s spokesperson confirmed that they would.

Stars paid by BBC contractors would not be hit by the pay ratio, the spokesperson said, but would still face higher rates of tax.

Politics of envy

Lineker earns between £1.75 million and £1.8 million, according to figures released by the BBC this morning, with former Top Gear presenter Chris Evans earning up to £2.25 million.

A spokesperson for the prime minister said Theresa May was “very pleased that the BBC have published this information today”

“It is important that licence fee payers know where their money is going.”

Both Labour and the Conservatives said they want to see the large gender pay cap at the BBC tackled.

Conservative MP Anna Soubry described the publication of the BBC salaries as a “disgrace” that would stoke up the politics of envy.

The PM’s spokesman dismissed Soubrys comments, insisting “this is not what this is about.”

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