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Caroline Thomson Caroline Thomson | 12:40 UK time, Thursday, 20 January 2011

Today we have published the latest detailed quarterly expenses of our 110 most senior executives at the Corporation, covering the period July-September 2010. This is part of our continuing programme of transparency, and is the sixth time that we have published quarterly expenses. The headline is that total expense claims are down 35% year-on-year.

We’re also publishing more detail on Senior Manager pay than ever before, with information about the salary levels of the remaining 462 permanent Licence Fee-funded Senior Managers at the BBC. We know that Licence Fee payers want more information about how we spend their money, and this disclosure demonstrates that the BBC is continuing to lead the way in being open and transparent.

Finally, a quick update on our progress in reducing the number of Senior Managers and the amount we pay them at the BBC. Up to the end of December, we had cut the Senior Manager paybill by 13.6% and the number of senior managers by 8.5% from their August 2009 levels. By the end of the year we will make further reductions in order to deliver a 25% reduction in the pay bill and 20% reduction in headcount.

You can read more about our approach to reducing executives and talent pay here.

Caroline Thomson is the BBC's Chief Operating Officer


  • Comment number 1.

    Is Vanessa Feltz still on the BBC payroll, if so, what is her salary, what does she do, what has she done since joining the BBC, when did she join the BBC, how much was she paid to join the BBC and do you think that she has been good value for the licence fee payer?

  • Comment number 2.

    The BBC provides an Excellent Service and it should be allowed to compete fully,at market rates for talent ; be they in front, or behind of the camera.

    It is all too easy to get caught up in the cost and forget the value of the iconic BBC.

    It has been reported that News International receives similar if not more revenue to the BBC- I know which service I consider the better.

    The BBC should cease this navel gazing and self mutilation, if not castration.

    Personally I should welcome the Licence Fee doubled (with the safeguard of appropriate means tested discounts) if that would allow the BBC to flourish.

    I have said this all before;


    Might the newly liberated Politicians be now more amenable to reason?

    Robert Blundell

  • Comment number 3.

    I read today that Alan Hansen is paid £40,000 for each appearance on Match of the Day. What are Lineker and Shearer paid?
    Alan Hansen is an excellent analyst and I genuinely respect his comments BUT
    If the BBC paid Hansen £5000 he would accept it, for where else would he receive such a reward for Half a Days work?
    If Alan Hansen, or any of the other celebrities refused a revised contract then there are dozens of ex players, coaches and managers who would be delighted to work on the program.
    The awarding of these grossly overpaid terms calls into question the competence of the very management negotiating these contracts.
    Is it a case of "we must pay you an excessive sum so that my own excessive salary is justified"?

    Let us see the payment terms of all celebrity guests and commentators.

  • Comment number 4.

    The time has come to deal with your gravy train. It is absolutely ludicrous that Mark Thompson is screwing over £800000 a year of our money just to be DG of the BBC - that's over 4 times the PM's salary!

    I want the licence fee scrapped and replaced by a subscription service. Perhaps that will concentrate your minds. And it's not only Thompson who's effectively stealing our money, it's all the other senior directors pulling out over £150000 a year. You could get someone equally good to do Thompson's job for no more than £200000.

    I wouldn't be so angry, but your damn programmes are a disgrace - where are the gems of the past like Blackadder, One Foot in The Grave, The Office, Acykbourne plays etc etc? Just junk with celebs wandering around beauty spots and endless cookery and gardening programmes. In fact, ITV has picked up where you have left off.

    Just stop paying yourself so much money and spend it on creative programming!


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