Sir Terry Wogan hits out at BBC star salaries

Sir Terry Wogan Sir Terry's comments come on the day of the BBC annual report

Related Stories

Sir Terry Wogan has said highly-paid BBC stars could afford to take a 15% pay cut.

The Radio 2 presenter told The Mail's Sunday Live magazine that "the good old days have passed".

"Frankly, salaries were far too high. They could stand to take a 10 to 15% cut. If the public sector is taking that, I see no reason why everybody shouldn't," he said.

His remarks come ahead of publication of the BBC's annual report on Monday.

Wogan, 71, said that stars should not believe they were in a "privileged position" just because they worked in television.

"You have to be responsible," he said. "The audience would be unhappy if they thought you were being overpaid. Look how the public reacted to, say, Jonathan Ross.

"If they're going to start cutting working people's wages, you can't say you're in a privileged position because you work in television."

Have Your Say

Start Quote

Terry Wogan has benefited hugely from the BBC salary over the years”

End Quote David

The publication of the BBC's report follows comments on Sunday from the corporation's director general, Mark Thompson, who warned that revealing the salaries of its top stars would be "damaging and destructive".

But he did say he supported BBC Trust plans to publish stars' earnings in pay bands without revealing individual salaries.

Future of 6 Music

According to figures released earlier this year, the BBC spends £54m on its highest-earning stars.

Mr Thompson told the BBC's Andrew Marr on Sunday that the corporation's annual report will reveal the "amount of money the BBC's spending on top talent is now coming down".

BBC trustees are also taking an 8.3% pay cut for two years.

The BBC plans to cut the wages bill for senior management by 25% over three years.

Mr Marr also asked Mr Thompson whether he was still planning on axing BBC 6 Music.

"We're going to hear interim conclusions from the BBC Trust tomorrow (Monday), so let's leave that for then.

"We've got big questions about the future of digital radio, and I suspect one of the things the Trust are going to say is 'let's talk to government, let's talk to commercial radio and make sure that we've got a portfolio of radio stations".

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Entertainment & Arts stories

RSS

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.