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BBC wage cap 'a sign to the licence payers'

By Robert Dex

Published 07/07/2011

The BBC is introducing a wage cap that means the median pay of its top bosses cannot be more than nine times the median wage of staff at the corporation.

Perks for senior staff, including private healthcare, will be phased out and a freeze on bonuses for the most senior executives will continue.

In a speech in central London last night, trust chairman Lord Patten said that the corporation had to "distance itself" from the market and become "sensitive" about how it spends public money.

In the lecture to the Royal Television Society, the former cabinet minister said licence fee payers do not expect the BBC to pay "sky-high commercial rewards to people that work for a public service".

A separate multiple will also be published comparing the pay of Director General Mark Thompson to median BBC pay, and it will work in the same way.

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