Graham Norton is not among the BBC’s top 10 earners for the second year in a row

TV presenter Graham Norton has not made the BBC’s list of highest paid presenters for the second year in a row.

he BAFTA-winning star, who reportedly celebrated his wedding in his hometown of Cork last weekend, was not in the annual report’s top ten list for the first time last year.

He ended his Radio 2 show after 10 years in December 2020 to join Virgin Radio UK, which he currently hosts from his home in West Cork.

His award-winning Friday night chat show is produced by BBC Studios, which is considered a commercial entity and is therefore exempt from the list.

The last time he appeared in the BBC’s annual list was in 2020, when he was listed as the third-highest paid broadcaster with an annual salary of €815,559 for his radio show alone.

His production company “So Television” also collected over 3 million euros, the presenter and author has an estimated fortune of around 25 million euros.

There has been a huge exodus of presenters from the channel over the past year, leaving the BBC for commercial ventures, but the top two earners have remained unchanged.

This year, former footballer Gary Lineker retains his title as the BBC’s highest-paid presenter. He earned €1.59million (£1.35million) last year for hosting the Match of the Day and for his Euro 2020 coverage.

In second place was Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Zoe Ball, who took home €1.15m or £980,000 from the BBC.

In joint third place on the list were contestants Alan Shearer and DJ Steve Wright with €530,000 (£450,000) in winnings, while BBC Northern Ireland presenter Stephen Nolan was second with €489,000 (£415,000).

Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce both earned €483,000 (£410,000) last year, while Scott Mills and Vanessa Feltz were both listed at €471,000 (£400,000). Radio 1 presenter and newcomer Greg James came in tenth with €459,000 (£390,000).

Figures released for 2021/2022 only include work for the BBC’s public service elements, meaning the list is dominated by people working directly for its television, radio and news departments.

Actors and presenters working on shows for the BBC’s commercial production department are barred, including Norton.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries announced earlier this year that the BBC’s license fee will be frozen amid inflation for the next two years. Graham Norton is not among the BBC’s top 10 earners for the second year in a row

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