BBC re­jects pay trans­parency call

Sunday Herald - - NEWS IN BRIEF -

THE BBC has re­jected a sug­ges­tion from the chair­man of the Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport Se­lect Com­mit­tee that salaries of all the broad­caster’s high­est earn­ers should be dis­closed, re­gard­less of the source of in­come.

MP Damian Collins told the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Tele­vi­sion Fes­ti­val: “It’s wrong that how much David Dim­bleby gets paid for pre­sent­ing Ques­tion Time is not de­clared be­cause he gets paid by a pro­duc­tion com­pany rather than by the BBC di­rectly.”

The BBC re­sponded to Collins claims, say­ing that it buys pro­grammes and “not tal­ent” from the in­de­pen­dent com­pa­nies and does not make de­ci­sions sur­round­ing the pay of stars in­volved.

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