Graham Norton is overtaken by Stephen Nolan as the BBC’s highest-paid Irish presenter

TV presenter Graham Norton has not made the BBC’s list of highest-paid on-air presenters for the second year running.

he BAFTA-winning star, 59, who reportedly celebrated his wedding in his hometown of Cork last weekend, was not included in the broadcaster’s ‘Top Ten’ list in the 2021/2022 annual report.

In December 2020, after ten years, he quit his Saturday Radio 2 show to join Virgin Radio UK, which he currently hosts from his home in West Cork.

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

BBC Northern Ireland presenter Stephen Nolan is now Ireland’s highest-paid presenter with the Beeb, sitting fifth on the top earners list with a salary of €489,000 (£415,000). This was an increase of €11,800 or £10,000 over last year’s earnings, which saw him number six on the list.

One of the best known presenters, Mr Nolan hosts shows for BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 5 Live as well as his badass TV show ‘Nolan Live on BBC One’. He also hosts the Nolan Investigates podcast series.

The past year has seen a major exodus of presenters from the station, including Emily Maitlis, who left Newsnight last February. But the top two earners remain unchanged. Former footballer and pundit Gary Lineker has retained his title as the BBC’s highest-paid presenter for the fifth year running. 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 and is one of three women on the ‘Top Ten’ list.

In joint third place on the list were former soccer star Alan Shearer and DJ Steve Wright with equal earnings of €530,000 (£450,000).

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 Greg James came in tenth with €459,000 (£390,000).

Other Irish names to make the list include journalist Orla Guerin, whose position on the list remained unchanged with earnings of €189,000 alongside BBC special correspondent Fergal Keane. His salary has increased slightly compared to the previous year and is given as 248,000 euros.

Published figures include work for the BBC’s public service elements only.

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 overtaken by Stephen Nolan as the BBC’s highest-paid Irish presenter

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