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Nolan lets slip BBC will reveal his mega earnings... or did he?

Stephen Nolan has let slip that the BBC is to reveal his salary - or has he?

Proposals are in the pipeline to force the BBC to reveal the talent on its payroll paid over £150,000 a year, as part of Government reforms to make it clearer how the licence fee is spent.

And should the proposals be rubber stamped the likes of Match of the Day's Gary Lineker, chat show host Graham Norton and our very own Stephen Nolan could have their salaries published - if they breach the threshold.

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Nolan presents 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.

And on Tuesday morning's Radio Ulster show, the presenter let slip his salary will be published.

He said: "The BBC are going to be publishing my salary soon."

When sidekick Vinny Hurrell pointed out that he may have inadvertently revealed that he earns over £150,000, the presenter backtracked somewhat.

"I'm not sure," Nolan stuttered as he slipped into reverse, "that it will be for £150,000.

"You need to understand there is a draft proposal that has been drafted and who knows what the BBC will publish."

The BBC has said 109 of its on-air talent will be affected by the move.

However, BBC Northern Ireland has refused to reveal how many of its stars will be affected by the order only saying it will publish what is required of it in its annual report.

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