Men still dominate BBC's list of top earners

Sarah Montague and John Humphrys on Today programme

Sarah Montague and John Humphrys on Today programme

However, her salary has dropped from a year ago, when she was on £450,000-£500,000.

Football front man Gary Lineker and Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans are way out in front, raking in approximately £1.75m and £1.66m respectively, with chat show host Graham Norton, DJ Steve Wright and news anchor Huw Edwards all earning well over £500,000 each for 2017-18.

Claudia Winkleman is still the top paid woman, on £370,000-£379,999, while Mary Berry and Newsnight's Emily Maitlis are among eight women to have joined the list. Presenter Vanessa Feltz is the second highest female earner and is now on £330,000-£339,999. She was on £150,000-£199,999 a year ago.

Clare Balding, meanwhile, is now on £180,000-£189,999.

The BBC first published a list of its highest earners in July 2017, after the government ordered the corporation to reveal the names and salaries of its on air-talent earning above £150,000 a year ago.

The BBC said the published salaries do not yet fully reflect some pay rises and pay cuts, which will not filter through until next year's list.

Previous year the BBC's top seven biggest earners were all men - but this figure increased to 12 in 2017/2018.

Of the 64 people on the list of presenters who earn £150,000 or more, only 22 are women.

Two-thirds of the full list (66 percent) of on-air talent on more than £150,000 are men and 34 percent are women. This year, the corporation appears to have narrowed numerous pay brackets so that they are more accurate.

Unlike the BBC, the TV production and distribution company is not funded by the licence fee and became a commercial entity. Some hosts have also been removed from the list, following a change in the corporation's structure, meaning that programmes made by BBC Studios do not have to be included.

The recent figures suggest the corporation has reduced its gender pay gap by almost a fifth.

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