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Could Stephen Nolan, William Crawley, Hugo Duncan and Donna Traynor have BBC salaries published?

High-earning BBC Northern Ireland stars set to be named

The salaries of high-earning BBC Northern Ireland stars look set to be published by the corporation, meaning some of the local big hitters could be included.

BBC stars earning more than £150,000 a year will be named under Government reforms to make it clearer how the licence fee is spent.

That could mean the likes of the broadcaster's top names in Northern Ireland will have their pay published.

More than 100 of the corporation's best-known faces are set to have their pay packets disclosed by next summer.

And Stephen Nolan could be one of those named.

The Belfast presenter works on television for BBC Northern Ireland and on both Radio Five Live and Radio Ulster often working seven days a week and at times with two shows a day.

Other big names at Ormeau Avenue, like presenters William Crawley, Hugo Duncan, Stephen Watson and BBC Newsline host Donna Traynor face the possibility their names could be included.

The BBC has fought the move.

It raised fears it would be harder to hold on to its biggest names and pointed out that it already paid less than other broadcasters.

Others likely to make it onto the list are football commentator Gary Lineker, chat show host Graham Norton and presenter Jeremy Vine.

The move by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is significantly tougher than that of predecessor John Whittingdale, who put forwards proposals for a lower, £450,000 trigger.

That would have led to just seven stars being named, but the new plans, part of the BBC Charter review, mean 109 high-profile figures will be identified based on the latest figures.

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