Chris Evans and Gary Lineker top BBC pay league

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Chris Evans was the highest paid male star, earning between £2.2 million and £2,249,999 during 2016/17 for his work for the Corporation, which included Top Gear and Radio 2.

Although Mel Giedroyc is listed earning up to £199,999, the figure is for her presenting the Let It Shine talent show not The Great British Bake Off, which is made by an independent company.

As Greg Jenner points out, Ant & Dec are thought to earn £12m a year from ITV - well in excess of what the BBC pays anyone.

Claudia Winkleman is the BBC's highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £400,000 and £450,000.

There are also some high-profile female absentees from the list. Of the96 people who earn more than the Prime Minister, two-thirds are male. The amount we pay the very highest earners has dropped by 40 per cent across the same period.

Of the 20 highest-paid on-air stars, none are of black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) descent.

BBC director general Tony Hall.

But Gabby Logan, one of a rota of presenters of the football show, earns up to just £250,000 for a variety of on-screen roles. The host of PM on Radio 4 took home between £300,000 and £350,000 in the year, ahead of the next highest paid, Nick Robinson and George Alagiah, who were on between £250,000 and £300,000.

"It's wrong that only a third of the BBC's highest paid stars are women, and we welcome Lord Hall's commitment to close the gender pay gap by 2020".

"If individuals are doing exactly the same job, it is actually against the law to pay them differently", she said.

He acknowledged, however, there is "more to do".

The details, to be released today as part of the corporation's annual report, are expected to show 96 stars being paid in excess of £150,000 - nearly £30m between them - with two-thirds of them men. And it's already having a huge impact.

"If you look at those on the list who we have hired or promoted in the last three years, 60% are women and almost a fifth come from a BAME background". There's only way this can go and that is that the talent salaries and wages will round upwards, they won't go down.

The corporation was forced to publish the salaries of its top talent who earn above £150,000 paid for by the licence fee.

Just after the BBC's data was released, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) dropped the latest instalment of a series of interactive data visualisations, this time focusing on the gender pay gap in Britain. We get paid an terrible lot of money and it's a marketplace.

The Maldon MP insisted that the motive behind his call for the figures to be published was not to exert downward pressure on salaries, instead arguing that "it was about accountability".

"The average gender pay gap for the United Kingdom is just over 18%, our figure is 10%".

The Tory source said Mrs May was "very pleased" that the BBC has published the salary information and believed it should continue to do so. In over four years here, I have made this a particular priority of mine.

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