02 July 2019
DUP East Londonderry MP and long-time campaigner for greater BBC transparency Gregory Campbell said,
DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office
“The BBC has published the list of ‘talent’ earning over 150k per year. But that’s not the full story. How much do these presenters get paid from the BBC for work through production companies which some of them own?
During my discussions with the National Audit Office about presenter linked production companies, I was told that these companies could be receiving somewhere between £5,000 and £200,000 per hour for these programmes.
No other use of public money would be hidden in such a way. It is a scandal that millions of taxpayers money is being spent without any public transparency.
The BBC needs to publish how much BBC employees are being paid through the Commissioning process as well.
No one should be fooled by Stephen Nolan’s salary ‘drop’ of £75,000 less, because he presented 40 fewer programmes, this means he’s getting over £1800 per programme. That’s more than most people take home each month.
The BBC in Northern Ireland must also be open and transparent about current pay talks taking place with BBC talent. Over all the BBC needs to address the massive inequalities which evidently exist within its workforce and how men are paid compared to women.”