Friday 15 December 2017

Channel 4 won’t be revealing pay packets of its stars

The salaries of BBC talent earning more than £150,000 will be published later this month.

Channel 4 headquarters (Philip Toscano/PA)
Channel 4 headquarters (Philip Toscano/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Channel 4 has rejected suggestions that it should reveal the pay of its top stars.

The pay packets of BBC talent earning more than £150,000 will be published later this month, under the terms of the broadcaster’s new royal charter.

Salaries of some of the BBC’s best-known faces, including Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker and chat show host Graham Norton, are expected to be disclosed and the BBC’s chairman recently suggested that Channel 4 and ITV should follow suit.

Graham Norton (Ian West/PA)

But Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s outgoing chief creative officer, dismissed the idea as the broadcaster unveiled its annual report.

“This is a heated issue and a very political one…”, she said.

“It’s potentially inflationary… and it’s not an effective way of managing talent so no, I don’t think we’ll be responding to that.”

BBC chairman Sir David Clementi said last week: “It’s a pity Channel 4 and ITV are not producing their numbers at the same time.

“It would be very interesting and I don’t think we would come out badly in that comparison.”

Press Association

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