Do highly paid TV stars earn their wages?

Nottingham Post - - OPINION -

AS an old age pen­sioner, liv­ing on lim­ited funds, I some­times find my­self re­flect­ing on the huge fees and salaries paid to peo­ple whose em­ploy­ment is in no way linked to cre­at­ing wealth.

This is not a case of envy, but sim­ple cu­rios­ity.

It made sense to have paid the late John Wayne $10,000 a year in the 1930s to ad­ver­tise the fact that he smoked Marl­bor­ough cig­a­rettes.

Film stars such as John Wayne, James Ste­wart, James Cag­ney, Humphrey Bog­art and Ron­ald Col­man were paid for­tunes for the sim­ple rea­son their names on a the­atre mar­quee sold thou­sands of tick­ets.

So I ask my­self if news­read­ers, pre­sen­ters and in­ter­view­ers re­ally de­serve their huge in­comes.

Do you turn on to see a spe­cific news­reader or to learn the lat­est news?

If a fa­mous per­son­al­ity is be­ing in­ter­viewed, do you turn on to see the in­ter­viewer or the per­son­al­ity be­ing fea­tured in the pro­gramme?

Some years ago a Lon­don agent told me that for ev­ery fa­mous name he could find at least 20 un­known per­form­ers with far su­pe­rior tal­ent.

This same agent once said, and I quote: “In our busi­ness, Colin, tal­ent is help­ful, luck is es­sen­tial”.

On the rare oc­ca­sion I was of­fered em­ploy­ment my agent al­ways said and again I quote: “The pay is Equity min­i­mum.”how thrilled I would have been if I was told just once they are pay­ing an ad­di­tional two shillings and six pence. Colin Bower Hall Street Sher­wood

John Wayne

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