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Graham Norton is one of the highest paid on the BBC: Find out his salary here

Graham Norton is one of the highest paid on the BBC: Find out his salary here

Openly gay chat show host Graham Norton.

The salaries of the top stars of the BBC have been revealed, with Graham Norton and Clare Balding on the list.

Only 7.2% of the list are LGBTI. Two thirds of the 96 top paid stars are male.

Graham Norton, paid for his work on Eurovision and his Radio 2 show, is paid in the bracket of £850,000-£899,000.

The highest paid stars are straight entertainers Chris Evans, with a salary of between £2,200,000 – £2,249,999, and Gary Lineker, with a pay bracket of £1,750,000 – £1,799,999.

The BBC, which already publishes full details of executive pay and expenses, was forced into the move under the terms of its new charter last year.

This is the first time the pay of its high-paying stars has been revealed.

Here is the list of LGBT talent:

£150,000-£199,999

Craig Revel Horwood (Strictly Come Dancing)

Clare Balding (Radio)

 

£200,000-£249,999

Bruno Tonioli (Strictly Come Dancing)

 

£250,000 – £299,999

Scott Mills – (Radio)

Evan Davis – (Dragon’s Den, Newsnight)

 

£350,000 – £399,999

Nick Grimshaw – (Radio)

 

£850,000 – £899,999

Graham Norton – (Presenter)

 

Director general Tony Hall apologized to staff in an internal staff video.

‘He need to employ the very best,’ he reportedly said.

‘They help make the BBC what it is. That’s the business we’re in. And of course, we’re in a market that is now even more competitive than ever. A decade ago it might have been just ITV or Sky or commercial radio. But now it’s Netflix, Amazon or Apple.

‘But of course we all appreciate that we are dealing with the public’s money. We’re talking about what, to lots of people, are large sums. This is not something we can take lightly. That’s why we always try to pay people at a discount to the market. It’s why the bill for top talent is down by 10% year on year – down by a quarter over the last five years. And the amount we pay the very highest earners has dropped by 40% over the same period.

‘We’re not afraid to walk away if money becomes an issue. That’s one of the reasons we’re the biggest investor in new British talent there is.’