Are BBC star salaries Strictly fair?

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - FEATURES -

SIr – I re­fer to the let­ter by Meg An­der­son (Let­ters, July 26) fol­low­ing on from my own one of July 22 and it ap­pears she has missed the point vis a vis tal­ent and my ap­par­ent sex­ism with re­gard to BBC salaries.

She sug­gests I can use the “off ” but­ton with re­gard to my views on the two pre­sen­ters on Strictly Come Danc­ing, but that would not be an op­tion as the cur­rent Mrs reid would prof­fer dire reper­cus­sions if that were to hap­pen!

Nev­er­the­less, Strictly is about highly skilled pro­fes­sional dancers en­deav­our­ing to pass their tal­ents on to a va­ri­ety of “celebri­ties” with mixed suc­cess, and as is patently ob­vi­ous the judges are all highly tal­ented in their var­i­ous forms of dance, and to take it a step fur­ther, the orches­tra of ex­cep­tion­ally skilled mu­si­cians and singers es­sen­tially “make” the show the suc­cess it is.

While I quite agree with Meg An­der­son that the salaries of Chris Evans and that well known crisp sales­man Gary Lin­neker are ob­scene, per­haps she could ad­vise us what “tal­ents” Clau­dia Win­kle­man and Tess Daly pos­sess that al­lows them to come up with such ap­palling di­a­logue on one of the BBC’s top pro­grammes. Many more tal­ented BBC jour­nal­ists both male and fe­male earn salaries far short of the afore­men­tioned two­some– is that right?

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