Wednesday afternoon has seen the publication of exactly who have been the top (on-air) BBC earners this past year.
Right at the top of the list is presenter, and former player, Gary Lineker.
He is a real class act and in my opinion is worth every penny of his pay.
You only need to gauge the level of disappointment expressed by most football fans, at the fact it is ITV who unfortunately have the rights to tonight’s England v Croatia semi final.
Gary Lineker is in the £1,750,000-£1,759,999 pay bracket. It looks like his pay has stayed the same as last year, as he was then in the £1,750,000 – £1,799,999 bracket, the way the BBC present the various earnings having changed slightly.
The joint seventh top on-air earner at the BBC is Alan Shearer, he is in the same pay bracket as TV and radio presenter Nicky Campbell – £410,000-£419,999.
Like Lineker, Alan Shearer appears to be getting the same as a year ago, as his pay bracket 12 months ago was £400,000 – £449,999.
In terms of purely football, Alan Shearer is the top paid pundit on Match of The Day/BBC Sport.
As an illustration, he doesn’t make the top 10 but Ian Wright is having to ‘struggle’ along on £170,000-£179,999 from the BBC this past year, less than half of Alan Shearer’s pay.
The BBC on-air salary list – financial year 2017-18:
Gary Lineker – £1,750,000-£1,759,999
Chris Evans – £1,660,000-£1,669,999
Graham Norton – £600,000-£609,999
Steve Wright – £550,000-£559,999
Huw Edwards – £520,000-£529,999
Jeremy Vine – £440,000-£449,999
Nicky Campbell – £410,000-£419,999
Alan Shearer – £410,000-£419,999
John Humphrys – £400,000-£409,999
Nick Grimshaw – £400,000-£409,999
Stephen Nolan – £400,000-£409,999
Andrew Marr – £400,000-£409,999
(***Some names have been removed from the list since last year because programmes made by BBC Studios do not have to be included. BBC Studios makes many of the corporation’s most popular programmes but is a subsidiary that has been classed as a commercial entity since April 2017.)