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BBC's Stephen Nolan hit by £75k pay drop

Presenter hosted 40 less programmes than last year

Stephen Nolan
Stephen Nolan

BBC radio and television presenter Stephen Nolan earned between £325,000-£329,999 over the past year.

Mr Nolan's £75k pay cut came to light as the BBC released it's 2018-19 annual report.

The public broadcaster has published a list of correspondents and presenters who earned more than £150k between April 2018 and March 2019.

Last year Mr Nolan earned between £400,000 and £409,999, placing him at joint ninth in the corporation's top ten earners.

However the popular presenter has now fallen out of the top 10 with the BBC saying his salary "is down by around £75,000".

Mr Nolan was paid the salary for presenting around 210 editions of 'The Nolan Show' on Radio Ulster, around 10 editions of 'Nolan Live' on BBC One Northern Ireland and around 120 editions of Late Night Shows on 5 Live.

The BBC said that the reduction in Mr Nolan's salary was "mainly down to the fact he presented 40 fewer radio and TV programmes" this year.

The Belfast presenter often boasts that his Radio Ulster show is the "biggest show in the country" due to its huge ratings success.

He has received support from across Northern Ireland in recent months as he documented his weight loss journey on his Twitter account and radio shows.

BBC Northern Ireland director Peter Johnston saw his salary rise over the past year.

BBC Northern Ireland director Peter Johnston
BBC Northern Ireland director Peter Johnston

He was the only other BBC Northern Ireland staff member to earn over £150k.

Mr Johnston's salary rose from between £150,000 and £159,999 last year to between £175,000 and £179,999 in 2018/19.

Sports presenter Gary Lineker is still the corporation's top talent earner overall for the second year in a row with a salary of £1,750,000 to £1,754,999.

Former breakfast host Evans, who left the corporation in December, is still featured in the top 10 list with a salary of £1,250,000 to £1,254,999, but will not feature next year.

Claudia Winkleman, Vanessa Feltz and Zoe Ball also featured top 10 earning talent.

This is the first time since presenter salaries were disclosed in 2017 that women have made the top 10.

Last year, salaries were revealed in bands of £10,000 - this year they have been disclosed in bands of £5,000.

The corporation's director-general Tony Hall said it had "turned a corner on gender pay".

"When we published the figures for top talent, there was a 75:25 split between men and women," Lord Hall said.

"The projection for 2019/20 is now 55:45. This is significant change. The task is not complete, we are not complacent, but we are well on our way."

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