BBC Warned to Stop Paying Celebs Ridiculous Piles of Cash

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC should dump some of its top talent instead of meeting their demands for pay rises, according to the trust that steers its decisions.

Rona Fairhead, boss of the BBC Trust, said the churner-outer of Doctor Who ought to "know when to walk away" from salary negotiations and turn to cheaper new talent instead of handing all the money to Graham Norton and Chris Evans every year, suggesting that big-name hosts who rake in the top dollars (pounds) could face the axe in future.

However, according to the latest data from the Trust, it's paying less overall than in previous years, with the "top-earning BBC talent" taking home, on average, 29 per cent less than five years ago, back when the corporation was taking out endless payday loans to keep Jonathan Ross on the team. [BBC Trust via Telegraph]