17:15 19 September 2016
Culture secretary Karen Bradley has said that BBC would have to name all of its employees and presenters that are paid more than £150,000 a year. She said that the move is “in line with the civil service” on transparency adding that it will help ensure the BBC “produces value for money for the license fee” allowing it to save money that can then be “invested in even more great programmes.”
The lower threshold will mean that 109 stars will be included in the list of those whose salaries will be made public. It used to be just seven.
BBC Trust chairwoman Rona Fairhead said that the BBC does not agree with the government on everything that they “are disappointed with the decision on the disclosure of presenters' pay. We don't believe this is in the long-term interests of licence fee payers."
Meanwhile, director general Tony Hall said: "Our position on talent pay has not changed and all major broadcasters have questioned the merit of the proposal.
"The BBC operates in a competitive market and this will not make it easier for the BBC to retain the talent the public love."