Ex BBC war correspondent Martin Bell says newsreaders at company are compensated ‘far also much’ for looking through ‘words off an autocue’ and reveals he hardly ever questioned for pay out rise in 33 yrs
- Martin Bell, 82, disclosed he was only earning £60,000 at time of leaving BBC
- BBC newsreader Huw Edwards is paid £465K, although Fiona Bruce earns £455K
- Emily Maitlis, who provides Newsnight, earns a wage of £375,000 a yr
- Bell hardly ever asked for a pay out rise: ‘It was a massive privilege to do what I was doing’
Veteran BBC newsman Martin Bell believes newsreaders are paid ‘far as well much’ for studying ‘words off an autocue’ – and revealed he under no circumstances questioned for a fork out increase in 33 years.
The 82-year-old, who very first commencing functioning for the BBC in 1962 ahead of quitting in the mid-1990s to operate for election as an ‘anti-sleaze’ MP, reported he was ‘amazed’ at how a great deal BBC presenters have been earning.
The prime earner is Huw Edwards, who is paid close to £465,000-a-12 months, with some others like Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, on about £375,000-a-year, and Issue Time host Fiona Bruce, on £455,000-a-calendar year.
Talking now, Martin, who was injured by shrapnel though reporting in Sarajevo throughout the war in Bosnia in 1992 and was awarded an OBE the similar calendar year, mentioned he was only earning £60,000-a-12 months by the time he remaining the BBC right after 33 a long time.
Veteran broadcaster Martin Bell, 82, has unveiled he by no means asked for a pay increase in 33 a long time
Martin Bell explained he was ‘amazed’ by BBC salaries, including Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis on £375K
He said: ‘I’m amazed now by BBC news stars’ pay back. When I study about present day information stars I believe no just one warrants that volume, nonetheless superior they are.
‘A large amount of it is just reading phrases off an autocue.
‘It’s not like they’re jeopardizing their life. I am not indignant about it, but I just ponder how they can justify the income to them selves.’
He extra: ‘When I was at the BBC I did not request for a spend increase for 33 yrs, but I have no regrets as it was a enormous privilege to do what I was performing.
‘More savvy colleagues stated I should really have been preventing to get a lucrative contract, but I just cherished executing the task.’
He instructed the Business & Revenue supplement in The Sunday Instances: ‘The only time I was even mildly affluent was when I was an MP, due to the fact I had a BBC pension and parliamentary salary.
Huw Edwards is a person of the BBC’s optimum information earners with an once-a-year wage of £465,000
‘A good deal of MPs complained they ended up underpaid, but I never imagine I was.’
Asked to reveal his ‘money weakness’, he reported he expended way too a lot on his favourite tipple, incorporating: ‘I likely shell out too much on whisky. Bells of program, though there’s no family members url.’