Review Concludes BBC Doesn't Pay Too Much For Talent
June 2, 2008 at 5:27 AM (PT)
An independent review commissioned by the BBC TRUST to determine whether the BBC is paying too much for talent concluded that the network is not overpaying for radio and TV talent.
The report called talent "special people doing special jobs" and high salaries the result of competition between the BBC and other companies that leads to "very high financial rewards" for the networks and stations. The report notes that the BBC spent 204 million pounds on talent in 2006-07 but does not pay above-market rates for talent and sometimes, for TV talent, pays less than competitors, but pays more for some radio talent than commercial competitors do.
Talent compensation for the BBC is a public matter in the U.K. because the noncommercial network is supported by license fees paid by the public.