Sunday Express

Real secret of success at BBC? Go to right school

- By Matthew Davis

ALMOST a third of BBC staff earning more than £150,000 a year were educated privately.

Around seven per cent of people attend an independen­t school but at the BBC around six times this level are in top jobs, figures show.

Fran Unsworth, the head of news who earns £340,000 a year, attended a fee-paying school in Staffordsh­ire while political editor Laura Kuenssberg, paid £250,000, went to a private school near Glasgow.

Other well known BBC faces educated privately are world affairs editor John Simpson, security correspond­ent Frank Gardner, arts editor Will Gompertz and Radio 4 presenters Nick Robinson and Justin Webb.

The data reveals that people who attended fee-paying schools make up 28 per cent of those at the corporatio­n on more than £150,000.

Among senior leaders in the news and current affairs department, the figure rises to 31 per cent.

Across the whole of the corporatio­n, 57 per cent of the 12,000-strong workforce attended non-selective comprehens­ive-style schools while 1,942 had private school background­s. Former BBC presenter

‘BBC manager said I was too common’

Steph Mcgovern, who comes from Middlesbro­ugh, said a manager told her she was “too common” to be a news anchor and she would have been paid more if she had come from a privileged background.

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust charity – which promotes social mobility – said: “There is more to do to get the best talent into journalism, whatever their background.” A BBC spokesman said: “More than eight out of 10 of our workforce were educated in state schools, as were threequart­ers of our leaders.”

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ELITE CLASS: BBC’S Laura Kuenssberg

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