BBC Discloses Some Talent Salary Expenses
February 10, 2010 at 4:25 AM (PT)
The BBC, under fire for the amount of money it spends on talent, released the information that it paid 229 million pounds on talent last year, 54 million pounds to a group of talent which made over 150,000 pounds each. However, the BBC would not disclose what individual personalities were paid.
While names were not included, the list of presenters included in the group is assumed to include big names like RADIO 2 and TV host JONATHAN ROSS, RADIO 1's CHRIS MOYLES, RADIO 4's JOHN HUMPHRYS, and others.
The disclosure followed a public firestorm that arose from the news that ROSS had a 16.9 million pound, three-year deal with the network; ROSS announced in JANUARY that he will exit the BBC when his contract expires in JANUARY. The talent expenses represent 6.56% of the money collected from consumers through the license fee, and have risen 12% in two years.
In addition, the BBC disclosed that its 107 most senior executives spent 188,284 pounds on expenses in second quarter 2009, up 8% from first quarter.