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BBC ordered to disclose names of stars earning more than £150,000

  • Video report by ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener

The Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has announced a new BBC Charter for the next 11 years.

She told the House of Commons it would ensure that "a strong, distinctive, independent BBC will continue to thrive for years to come".

Karen Bradley said she was a 'huge fan of the BBC' as she announced the new charter.

Ms Bradley said of the corporation: "At its best it is peerless. Our aim is to ensure that a strong, distinctive, independent BBC will continue to thrive for years to come and also improve the BBC where we can."

The BBC will also be forced to reveal the salaries of its most high-profile journalists and presenters who earn more than £150,000 a year, Ms Bradley confirmed.

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TV and radio presenters' pay will be disclosed within the next year
Laura Kuenssberg, Nick Robinson and Fiona Bruce are among the BBC personalities believe to be affected by the pay disclosure. Credit: PA Wire

"These reforms ensure that it will continue to be cherished at home and abroad for many years to come," Ms Bradley added.

In an article in the Daily Telegraph, the new culture secretary also accused the broadcaster of a "lack of openness and transparency", and said revealing the pay of stars would bring the BBC in line with the rest of the public sector, where civil servants above the threshold are named.

"Making the BBC more open and transparent will help deliver savings that can then be invested in even more great programmes like The Great British Bake Off."

The Great British Bake Off team: Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry and Sue Perkins. Credit: PA

David Cameron had previously told the BBC that the salary disclosure should only apply to on-air talent earning more than £450,000 a year.

However, Ms Bradley and Prime Minister Theresa May have decided to reduce that amount, meaning more well-known personalities will have their pay announced.

It is believed the measure will include names such as:

  • Fiona Bruce
  • Gary Lineker
  • Tess Daly
  • John Humphrys
  • Laura Kuenssberg
  • Nick Robinson
  • Kirsty Wark
  • Graham Norton
  • Claudia Winkleman
  • Jeremy Vine
Gary Lineker and Tess Daily are thought to be among personalities whose pay will be disclosed. Credit: PA

The BBC currently discloses the amount of money received by its most highly paid stars on an anonymous basis.

The corporation's latest annual report revealed that the number of BBC stars earning from £500,000 to £5 million a year fell from nine to seven last year.

Those seven are likely to include Graham Norton, Chris Evans and Gary Lineker.

The BBC dismissed the plans to make it disclose its stars' pay as a "poacher's charter", because it would give rivals an idea of how to woo its best-known personalities.

BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead said the decision to disclose its stars' pay was not in the long-term interests of viewers.

"We don't agree with the Government on everything and are disappointed with the decision on the disclosure of presenters' pay, " she said.

"We don't believe this is in the long-term interests of licence fee payers."