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How Belfast Telegraph spearheaded the battle that led to BBC pay disclosure

 

By Staff Reporter

The Belfast Telegraph has led the way in a long battle for BBC transparency.

This newspaper was to the fore in a freedom of information (FOI) fight for disclosure of presenter salaries.

That tussle dates back more than 10 years and the introduction of FOI legislation.

At that stage, the BBC successfully fended off a string of FOI requests about the pay packets.

After a prolonged process, the Information Commissioner's Office ruled in favour of the Beeb.

But the corporation would eventually face defeat - with David Cameron's Conservative government insisting on disclosure.

It was originally intended that stars earning more than £450,000 a year would have their salaries published.

That figure was subsequently slashed to £150,000 by Theresa May's administration.

The plan was imposed by the government while it renewed the BBC's Royal Charter.

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