I hadn't even heard of Carrie Gracie until Guido posted this earlier today. During a rather robust exchange with Lord Foulkes on the BBC News Channel she was challenged about what her salary is (he was trying to embarrass her) and she said that she earns £92,000 per year.
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Now fair play to her for coming straight out and saying it but that is almost 4 times the national average salary. For a newsreader that I would guess most people have never heard of on a digital TV channel. Is that not perhaps a bit high for a junior journalist paid for from the license fee? It certainly makes me wonder what the more well known presenters are paid.
Incidentally, I can imagine that Paxman, Humphries et. al. will also be asked this now that Ms Gracie has set the precedent. It will be interesting to see how they handle it if it does come up.