Thursday 21 September 2017

'It's me or Gary Lineker' - Graham Norton's concerns over potential axe from BBC

Graham Norton has revealed his concerns over his future at the BBC
Gary Lineker presenting Match of the Day in his underwear after he vowed to do so if underdogs Leicester City won the Premier League, which they did in May

Sasha Brady

Graham Norton has revealed he's worried about his future at the BBC and claimed that the next person getting the axe could be him or Gary Lineker.

“You assume they pick their targets,” he told the Telegraph. “There was Jonathan Ross, they saw him off; Jeremy Clarkson, Chris Evans… So now they will pick on whoever’s left, which is me and Gary Lineker.

"I hope Gary’s ready; he’s not stupid, he must realise it will be one of us next.”

The Cork-born TV host was referring to the new BBC charter to be issued in January, which has a clause that states the broadcaster must publicly reveal the salaries of all staff earning more than £150,000 (€170,000) a year.

Gary Lineker presenting Match of the Day in his underwear after he vowed to do so if underdogs Leicester City won the Premier League, which they did in May
Gary Lineker presenting Match of the Day in his underwear after he vowed to do so if underdogs Leicester City won the Premier League, which they did in May

That means well-known faces including Gary Lineker, Graham Norton, Claudia Winkleman, Tess Daly, Fiona Bruce and Chris Evans could be among those having their salaries made public in next year's annual report.

Norton is is predicted to come second to Lineker, taking home a rumoured £1.5 (€1.7) million per year and is worried the British government will be keen to see him cut, in an effort to cut costs.

British culture secretary Karen Bradley argued that revealing salary information of its top earners would ensure the BBC "produces value for money for the licence fee".

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