BBC pay gap is disgusting, says Peter Oborne

'We now have an economic superclass who couldn't give a stuff for the licence payer', says journalist

The BBC has released the wages of its top stars

Thursday, July 20, 2017

There is now a media elite economic superclass at the top of the BBC and the gap between the 'talent' and the rest is disgusting, says Peter Oborne.

The BBC have released figures showing the amount their highest-paid stars earn. Chris Evans topped the list, earning between £2.2 million and £2.25 million in 2016/2017.

Oborne told George Galloway that now we have "a new economic superclass of the media elite, who pay each other enormous salaries and couldn’t give a stuff for the licence payer.

 The BBC, he said, had taken on "a neo-liberal business model where the rich and successful get paid astronomically more larger sums of money than the poor bloody workers. You and I can agree that's disgusting and immoral.

"They pay the people who do the real work, the producers who work 10 hours a day getting out the programme, a total pittance."

In light of the pay reveal, Oborne is calling for "a national conversation about how much people get paid." However, he did explain: "I love the BBC. Actually I still think it is important to have something, a public broadcaster, which is not on the commercial model.

"I think that it’s something we have and the Americans don't and it’s one of the reasons why US public culture is depraved."

Galloway himself pointed out "a nurse in casualty gets £24,000 a year. A nurse in Casualty on the BBC gets £350,000.

"There's no sanity in all of this."

Listen to the full interview above