FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall talks to British journalist and BBC news presenter, George Alagiah (R) who was born in Sri Lanka, during a reception in Clarence House, central London on October 24, 2013. (LEON NEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
NEWS PRESENTER George Alagiah, who fronts the BBC’s News at Six and News at Ten is the highest paid Asian broadcaster on the corporation’s paylist, it was reported on Tuesday(15).
Alagiah, who earns between £325,000 and £329,000, is joined by Jason Mohammad (£285,000-£289,999) who presents the Daily BBC Wales programme, Final Score and Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday and Radio 4 presenter Mishal Husain (£265,000-£269,000).
Other Asians among high earners on the BBC are Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter Tina Daheley (£255,000-£259,999); media editor Amol Rajan (£205,000-£209,999) BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty (£195,000-£199,999); News at Ten presenter Reeta Chakrabarti (£180,000-£184,999); Five Live presenter Nihal Arthanayake (£170,000-£174,999) and economics editor Faisal Islam (£155,000-£159,999).
The corporation’s highest paid broadcaster, Gary Lineker, took a pay-cut, the head of the BBC said on Tuesday (15) as he suggested the broadcaster might need to make more job cuts.
“Gary Lineker has signed a new five-year contract with the BBC, and he has done so at a saving of nearly a quarter over his last contract,” Davie told reporters, saying the deal represented the BBC’s commitment to value and quality.
“Gary knows that he has responsibilities to the BBC, in terms of his use of social media.”
Lineker was paid between £1.75 million and £1,755 million pounds, the BBC’s annual report in the financial year to March 31 showed on Tuesday, its highest paid employee.