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'He's not even one of the Nolan sisters': English press query 'little known' Stephen's BBC pay

Despite a storm of controversy this morning around the salary of the BBC's Stephen Nolan, the broadcaster would appear to fly a little more under the radar across the water.

That's according to some sections of the British press, which have queried the high-earnings of the "relatively little known" star.

One piece in today's Daily Mail leads off the headline 'Stephen who? The little-known names enjoying VERY big salaries'.

In the piece, the newspaper lists Nolan alongside a group of stars that are "far from household names".

In it they also include TV presenter Nick Knowles, who earns as much as £349,999, and Radio 2's Moira Stuart, who earns up to £199,999 and who reads the news on Chris Evans Breakfast show.

The Telegraph was another UK national expressing shock at Nolan's salary.

Including the presenter as part of a list of surprise top-paid talent, the paper asks 'is Stephen Nolan Northern Ireland's best kept secret?'

It adds: "The Ulsterman is an award-winning radio host but he's never translated that to TV. Hence it's a shocker that he scrapes into the top 10 earners with a salary of £400k-plus.

"He's not even one of the Nolan sisters."

In an opinion piece for the Guardian, Emine Saner said that the big reveal of salaries had been "grim fun" and questioned: "Who - if you don't live in Northern Ireland - has heard of Stephen Nolan?"

While the presenter may be one of the top-10 paid talents for the public broadcaster, he may also be one of its busiest.

Along with his weekday BBC Radio Ulster programme, the broadcaster helms four shows a week for Five Live, and 18 television shows a year.

On Thursday morning the presenter was grilled about his salary on his own morning show by MLA and former barrister Jim Allister, with Nolan saying that due to BBC restrictions placed on him he was unable to break down the different amounts that he is paid for his BBC Radio Ulster work and his BBC Five Live work, and was also unable to disclose how much money brought in by his independent production company came from the BBC.

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