BBC's highest earners revealed as Gary Lineker tops the list once again with £1.3m salary

Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker tops the podium

Sam Montgomery

By Sam Montgomery

Published: 11/07/2023

- 12:52

Updated: 11/07/2023

- 12:58

Match of the Day presenter rakes in highest salary as publicly funded broadcaster reveals top earners

Gary Lineker has taken home the title of highest paid person at the BBC for another year running.

The Match of the Day and World Cup presenter took home a haul of £1,350,000 to £1,354,999 last year, unchanged from the previous year.

Runner up on the rich list was Zoe Ball, the Radio 2 Breakfast Show host, who earned £980,000 to £984,999 last year.

Another football presenter, Alan Shearer, secured third position with a pay packet of £445,000 to £449,999 thanks to appearances on Match of the Day, the FA Cup and World Cup 2022 coverage.

salary leaderboard

The leaderboard

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In fourth position is Huw Edwards who is recorded having a salary of £435,000 to £439,999 for his roles presenting News at Six and News at Ten, News Channel and other news specials.

Stephen Nolan, presenter of The Nolan Show on Radio Ulster, Nolan Live on BBC One (Northern Ireland), and The Stephen Nolan Show on 5 Live, was next with £400,000 to £404,999.

Household BBC names like Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman are not featured on the list, for their shows are produced by companies like BBC studios, which are ran externally to the BBC.

In sixth, Greg James is revealed to be on £395,000 to £399,999 for his commitments at Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Radio 4's Rewinder, and Radio 1 Big Weekend.

Zoe Ball

Zoe Ball's salary is unchanged from the previous year but down from £1,130,000 in 2020/2021


Popular Question Time host and BBC presenter, Fiona Bruce, is rewarded next with a 2022/23 salary of £395,000 to £399,999.

Another Bruce follows, with Radio 2's mid morning Show, Eurovision Song Contest, and PopMaster Special presenter Ken Bruce taking home £390,000 to £394,999.

Hovering around the same salary is Lauren Laverne of BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show and Radio 4's Desert Island Discs acclaim, who also earned £390,000 to £394,999.

Rounding off the top ten with a pot of £365,000 to £369,999, is Sophie Raworth who features on BBC News at Six, BBC News at Ten, and Sunday morning politics show.

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer


Steve Wright was taken off his weekday afternoon programme in September, resulting in a £100,000 drop in earnings that ranked him 11th with £360,000 to 365,999.

The salary list shows four women in the top 10 this year, up from three on last year's despite the departure of Vanessa Feltz.

Narrowly missing out on the top ten are Naga Munchetty (BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live's Naga Munchetty Programme), George Alagiah (News at Six and News at Ten), Amol Rajan (Media editor, Amol Rajan Interviews, Radio 4's Today programme, Radio 4's ReThink, TV documentaries), and Mark Chapman (Radio 5 Live Sport, Premier League Highlights show, European Football Championship, Rugby League).

Notable new entries include Rick Edwards at £178,000, who replaced Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live's breakfast show, and his co-host Raschel Burden whose salary rose to £195,000.

Victoria Derbyshire’s salary was also bumped up £50,000, bringing her salary to £295,000, for taking on a new role presenting Newsnight.

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