BBC Salaries: Nick Grimshaw Is Radio 1’s Top Earner, While Female Presenters Do Not Feature On Report

He could be taking home up to £250,000 more than Greg James.

Nick Grimshaw has been named as Radio 1’s top-earning presenter in a new report, which lists the wages of all of the BBC stars earning more than £150,000.

As well as fronting the Radio 1 breakfast show, Nick also serves as part of the presenting team for a number of the station’s events - including the Big Weekend and Teen Awards.

The report reveals that he takes home between £350,000 and £399,999 a year.

Nick Grimshaw
Nick Grimshaw
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His salary is significantly higher than those of his fellow Radio 1 presenters Greg James, who is paid between £150,000 and £199,999, and Scott Mills, who is in the £250,000 to £299,999 bracket.

Scott Mills
Scott Mills
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Noticeably absent from the report are the station’s two main female presenters, Clara Amfo - whose weekday show starts as soon as Nick’s finishes - and evening slot host Annie Mac.

Anni’s absence from the list can potentially be explained by the fact she welcomed her second child on 6 January of this year and was subsequently on maternity leave until June.

When contacted by HuffPost UK, a Radio 1 spokesperson highlighted the following section of Director-General Tony Hall’s statement: “But a word of warning; comparing people’s pay is not straightforward.

“Very few do precisely the same thing - people working at the same show may have other, or different, commitments.”

Annie Mac
Annie Mac
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Shortly after the whole report’s publication, many observers noted the disparity between the BBC’s male and female talent.

While 25 men earn over £250,000, just nine women take home that amount.

Among the top earners are Chris Evans (£2.24m), Gary Lineker (£1.75m) and Graham Norton (£850,000).

The highest-earning female stars are ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ host Claudia Winkleman (at most £499,999), the ‘One Show’s’ Alex Jones (at most £449,999), Fiona Bruce and Tess Daly (both at most £399,999).


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