BBC Pay List For Off-Air Talent: Here's How Much The Beeb Is Paying

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The BBC has released details about how much its off-air top earners were paid over the last year.

As a row battles on about the gender pay gap between the Beeb’s on-air stars, the corporation has also revealed how much it pays those who work behind the scenes - from writers to directors.

Here are the top earners in descending order...

Director-General of the BBC Tony Hall is paid between £400,000 and £499,999 each year
Director-General of the BBC Tony Hall is paid between £400,000 and £499,999 each year
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£450,000 - £499,999

Tony Hall, director-general

Executive Committee

£400,000 - £449,999

Anne Bulford, deputy director-general

£300,000 - £349,999

James Harding, director - news and current affairs

Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth, group HR director

Mark Linsey, director - BBC studios

Charlotte Moore, director - BBC content

Matthew Postgate, chief technology and product officer

£250,000 - £299,999

James Purnell, director - radio and education

£200,000 - £249,999

Ken MacQuarrie, director - nations and regions

Corporate functions

£300,000 - £349,999

Bal Samra, commercial director

£200,000 - £249,999

Joe Godwin, director - BBC Academy

Ian Haythornwaite, director - finance

Sarah Jones, group general counsel

£150,000 - £199,999

Shirley Cameron, group financial controller

Rachel Currie, HR director, content, radio and education

Pipa Doubtfire, head of revenue management

Peter Farrell, head of legal

James Heath, director - policy and charter

David Jordan, director - editorial policy and standards

Gautam Rangarjan, director - strategy

Peter Ranyard, assistant general counsel

John Shield, director - communications

Charlie Villar, director - corporate finance

Design and engineering

£150,000 - £199,999

Jatin Aythora, chief architect

Andy Baker, director - engineering operations

Colin Burns, chief design officer

Kieran Clifton, director - distribution and business development

Chris Condron, director - product and systems

Andy Conroy, controller - research and development

Richard Cooper, controller - digital distribution

Mike Ford, programme director

Sarah Hayes, director - BBC archives

Stuart Page, director - product and systems

Neelay Patel, director - product and systems TV

Gary Payne, chief information security officer

Robin Pembroke, director - product and services

Andrew Scott, launch director - MyBBC

Marketing and audiences

£200,000 - £249,999

Philip Almond, director - marketing and audiences

£150,000 - £199,999

Justin Bairamian, director - marketing and audiences creative

Charlotte Lock - director - marketing and audiences, content, radio and education

Nick North, director - audiences

Cary Wakefield, director - marketing and audiences, television

Nations and regions

£150,00 - £199,999

Peter Johnston, director - Northern Ireland

Donalda MacKinnon, director - BBC Scotland

Bruce Malcolm, head of service development - BBC Scotland

Rhodri Talfan Davies, director - BBC Wales


£200,000 - £249,999

Shane Allen, controller - comedy commissioning

Damian Kavanagh, controller - BBC Three

Barbara Slater, director - BBC Sport

£150,000 - £199,999

Christopher Aird, commissioning director - drama

Philip Bernie, head of TV sport

Helen Blenkinsop, head of network supply

Richard Dawkins, chief operating officer

Cassian Harrison, channel editor - BBC Four

Patrick Holland, channel editor - BBC Two

Elizabeth Kilgarriff, commissioning editor - drama

Alison Kirkham, controller - factual commissioning

Sonia Magris, finance director - content

Tom McDonald, head of commissioning - factual

Dan McGolpin, controller - BBC daytime and portfolio planning

Lucy Richer, commissioning editor - drama


£200,000 - £249,999

Nicholas Betts, director - scripted production

Anna Mallett, chief operating officer

Stephen McCrum, executive producer - comedy

Michael Mosley, executive producer

Lisa Opie, director - factual production

£150,000 - £199,999

Samantha Anstiss, creative director

Sam Bickley, creative director

Andrew Cohen, head of science factual production

Mark Cooper, head of TV music

Tessa Finch, head of development television - content

Mark Hedgecoe, head of factual - Scotland£

Roger Leatham, director - entertainment, music

Brian Minchin, executive producer - drama

Sean O’Connor, executive producer - drama

Damon Pattison, head of development

Clare Pizey, executive producer - Top Gear and charity events

Hilary Salmon, head of drama - England

Jabbar Sardar, HR director - BBC studios

Chris Sussman, head of comedy

News and current affairs

£200,000 - £249,999

Francesca Unsworth, director - World Service Group

£150,000 - £199,999

Keith Blackmore, managing editor

Fiona Campbell, controller - BBC News, mobile and online

James Gray, deputy head of current affairs

Dale Haddon, HR director - news

Mary Hockaday, controller - World Service English

David Holdsworth, controller - English regions

Ian Katz, editor

Jonathan Munro, head of newsgathering

Adrian Van Klaveren, head of strategic change - World Service

Radio and education

£250,000 - £299,999

Bob Shennan, director - radio and music

£200,000 - £249,999

Graham Ellis, controller - production

£150,000 - £199,999

Helen Bullough, head of CBBC production

Jonty Claypole, director - arts

Ben Cooper, controller - Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Alan Davey, controller - Radio 3

Mark Friend, controller - radio and music multiplatform

Cheryl Taylor, controller - CBBC

Alice Webb, director - children’s

Gwyneth Williams, controller - Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra

Former staff

£350,000 - £399,999

Helen Boaden, director - radio

£150,000 - £199,999

Aaqil Ahmed, head of religion and ethics

Mark Harrison, director - digital transformation and delivery

Natalie Humphreys, controller - factual and daytime production

Emma Swan, director - future commissioning

Alex Towers, director - BBC Trust

Specialist contractors and writers

£150,000 - £199,999

Daryl Bramley, programme manager

Colin Brown, identity architect

Roy Clarke, writer

Patrick Foody, analytics architect

Claire Hetherington, IT programme manager

James Hewines, technical project manager

Daran Little, writer

Ruth Moreland, project manager

Andy Pryor, casting director

Terence Reeves, service architect

Noel Scotford, programme manager

Richard Smith, integration lead


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