Stephen Nolan's big pay is value for money to the BBC
To pensioners being asked to cough up for the BBC licence fee, the eye-watering salaries being paid to the corporation's top presenters are a bitter pill to swallow. However, it is accepted that the public service broadcaster provides a greater range of programming than its commercial competitors and needs talented people to perform on TV and radio.
One example is our own Stephen Nolan, who earned £329,000 last year, down on the previous year's income due to presenting 40 fewer programmes. No one can deny Nolan works hard for his money. He has a presence unequalled locally and the BBC recognises that he is value for money in their terms.