Are BBC star salaries Strictly fair?
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?