Backstabbing jealousy and rage how pay revelations sent BBC into a tailspin
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Jeremy Vine (fourth highest on the list with earnings up to £750,000) declared: “The BBC is really hurting today.”… Credit: Fiona Hanson True to form, the corporation spent Wednesday mired in back-stabbing and sniping; the recriminations and vitriol beginning even before the official list was published at 11am. Presenter Chris Evans departs Wogan House, central London after his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show this morning The Telegraph can chart the flashpoints, sparked by a list topped by the broadcaster Chris Evans who earned more than £2.2 million – ten times the pay of Ken Bruce, the veteran Radio 2 presenter who immediately follows him on air. The publication of the earnings of almost 100 stars – the BBC calls them ‘on-air talent’ – was always going to provoke an unseemly row, pitting enraged colleagues against each other.