What would you pay Lineker?

The Herald - - OPINION -

BETWEEN Cab­i­net res­ig­na­tions and the Trump visit, it must have seemed like a good week for the BBC to bury its pay fig­ures.

But ex­cel­lent mul­ti­taskers as the rest of the me­dia are, they man­aged to give the num­bers the cov­er­age they de­served. It was a case of “no sur­prise sur­prise” to learn that the top 12 spots were oc­cu­pied by white, mid­dle-aged men, start­ing with Gary Lineker earn­ing up to £1.7 mil­lion. The first woman to ap­pear was Clau­dia Win­kle­man, who takes home up to £370,000.

How can it be right that some­one who ba­si­cally chats for a liv­ing earns more than a hospi­tal con­sul­tant or a head teacher, more, even, than the PM or FM of a coun­try?

The ar­gu­ment in favour of such salar­ies is that if the BBC did not pay them other broad­cast­ers would. Re­ally? Per­haps Aun­tie should test the the­ory by re­leas­ing the top five into the mar­ket­place to see how quickly they are snapped up.

Make it like a re­al­ity/game show and film it. Call it Greedy Planet and get Sir David At­ten­bor­ough to nar­rate. Trust me, you can bank on it be­ing a hit.

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