Really does benefit nobody other than the BBC bashers to release this info.
Cue BM11 in...
Are you sure about that?
I think it has actually highlighted some serious failings within the BBC to pay it's people fairly rather than what it can get away with...I wish every workplace had to do it....btw, thinking of Carrie Gracey here but I'm sure there are many others we didn't hear about who were significantly underpaid compared to colleagues.
The different is that at this end of the scale, people are paid whatever they (or more likely their agent) can negotiate, so to bring gender pay gaps into it is a somewhat false equivalence. It's down to how in demand an individual is.
So, Gary Lineker is pretty unique as a high profile ex-footballer who is a good enough broadcaster that he can host the show rather than just be a pundit. Sky, BT and others would love to have him work for them, so the BBC have to pay the going rate if they want to keep him.
Of course Gary already works for BT Sport as well, so if the BBC did cut his wages would he really leave?
There is no combination of weekly high profile premier league work, the massive gig of doing summer tournaments, and also being able to work somewhere else at the same time, with any other broadcaster. Maybe they should call his bluff, although to be fair I imagine he’ll never get a pay rise now, he’ll be stuck on that amount forever.
Also I have to say, if top BBC salaries was a question on Pointless, I think you’d get a good score picking Jason Mohammad.