The BBC Trust last reviewed on-air talent salaries in 2008-09
The BBC has spent 29% less on stars earning more than £100,000 a year over the past five years, an independent review has revealed.
Overall spending on talent – those with an on-air or on-screen presence – was down 15%, from £221m to £188m.
The review said the BBC had made “vast improvements” in managing talent pay.
But it also made some recommendations, including improving monitoring of diversity of talent and improving use of data on the deals it makes.
The Oliver and Ohlbaum review concluded the BBC’s savings were down to a more relaxed approach to exclusivity, learning to let top stars leave and paying less.
Presenters were also producing more output on different programmes for the same level of pay.
The review pointed out household names such as Jake Humphrey, Susanna Reid, and Chris Moyles had left the corporation “but the BBC has maintained the quality of output for licence fee payers”.
The review also said the reduction in spend came against a backdrop of increasing competition in the talent market, which has led to top talent costs increasing across the industry.
BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead will highlight the review in a speech to the Oxford Media Convention on Wednesday.
“Today’s report shows that the BBC has made great strides in reducing talent costs, and it’s clear this has been achieved without affecting quality,” she will say.
“The report also points to increasing competitive and inflationary pressures in the market. To counter that pressure, the BBC needs to build on its progress – so that it does more to develop new talent, can demonstrate optimum value in its deals and knows when to walk away.”
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Source:: BBC Entertainment