BBC’s Andrew Marr defended his £400k salary: ‘It’s been coming down’

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Mr Marr was paid at least £5,000 for a Zoom call with a wealth fund. The BBC presenter received the sum for hosting an event, from the BBC offices, for investment management firm Brewin Dolphin in March. Justin Webb and Emily Maitlis are also among the BBC presenters who took on external work earning them £5,000 or more in the first three months of 2021, the corporation has divulged.

Since January, on-air talent in current affairs, sports news and some radio staff have for the first time had to declare external work, which includes paid for public speaking engagements, appearances or writing commitments.

The financial disclosures have been published as part of the BBC’s first staff external events register, which covers January to March 2021, and fees are listed as either below or above £5,000.

Since 2017, the corporation has also been publishing the names of presenters, journalists and radio hosts who receive salaries of £150,000 and above – with plenty of famous faces making the list, including Mr Marr.

When it was first revealed that Mr Marr earned £400,000 a year, the presenter decided to personally defend his earnings.

Four years ago, he claimed to have turned down higher offers from the broadcaster’s rivals.

He also revealed his salary had been steadily decreasing and had dropped £139,000 in the past two years.

In a statement, Mr Marr said: “In the past I have been offered deals by the BBC’s commercial rivals at a higher rate than the corporation would pay.

“Following the publication of the BBC’s annual report, I can confirm that I’m paid £400,475-a-year.

“It covers the weekly Sunday morning show, my radio work, documentary commissions, television obituaries, and work on big news events such as elections and both the Scottish and UK referenda coverage.

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“It’s less, of course, than the £600,000 I was widely reported to be earning a couple of years ago; or indeed the £3million-a-year [the] Daily Telegraph claimed I was paid.

“As the BBC moves to deal with highly paid employees, my salary has been coming down.

“I now earn £139,000-a-year less than I did two years ago.”

Mr Marr’s claims on his earnings slowly coming down appear to be true.

In the 2018/2019 financial year, he was paid £390,000-£394,999.

In the 2019/2020 financial year, he was paid £360,000-£364,999.

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Match of the Day host Gary Lineker agreed a £400,000 pay cut in September last year.

Mr Lineker was the highest-earning star with an unchanged salary of £1.75million in the 2019/20 financial year.

However, he then signed a new contract, which will see that fee cut by 23 percent.

This means he could earn less than Zoe Ball in 2021.

The Radio 2 presenter saw her pay rise by £1million since taking over the breakfast show in 2019.

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