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Seen in a national paper today:-

"More than 100 BBC bosses still earn six-figure salaries, despite the promise to offer viewers better value for money, it was revealed last night.
New figures show 103 executives are pocketing more than the Prime Minister in taxpayer-funded remuneration.
Top earners include news and current affairs chief James Harding, TV boss Danny Cohen and creative director Alan Yentob.  A dossier on pay and perks show Mr. Harding, 45, gets 340,000 and Mr. Cohen, 41, 327,800.
Staff veteran Mr. Yentob, 68, has a roving brief and earns 183,300 with separate fees for presenting occasional programmes.
Director-general Lord Hall, 64, who promised to streamline the broadcaster, is paid 450,000.  By contrast  Mr. Cameron, 48, is paid 142,500.
The figures were published yesterday as part of a quarterly schedule.
John O'Connell of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said, "We've heard welcome words from the BBC about cracking down on pay at the top, but it seems that it really is just words. The 145 a year TV tax is a big hit on family budgets and revelations like these will do little to address its increasing unpopularity".
Lord Hall said when he took over in 2013 the BBC was "careless" with money but viewers had never had it so good.
He singled out Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who, Call The Midwife and Top Of The Lake as examples of the BBC's unrivalled output.  In a passionate speech he said: "Twenty years ago the licence fee was over 147 in today's money - now it's a bit lower.  But look what you get.  To use a Hollywood term, people can see the money on the screen".
The licence fee is frozen at 145.50 until 2017 when the BBC's Charter is up for renewal but stars have been vociferous in their criticism of bloated salaries.
Sir David Attenborough, 89, said senior pay was a "huge embarrassment" while Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders, 56, said the BBC was "an executive-run place for idiots".
The BBC last night insisted it offers "outstanding value".  A spokesman said: "For just 2.80 a week the BBC provides great value to licence fee payers.  By 2016 we'll be saving 1.5 billion a year, and more than 90 per cent of the money we control is spent on what matters most, the content and services audiences love.  There are essential costs incurred in the running of a major broadcasting organisation which will always fluctuate, but we are mindful we are spending public money".
In an Opinions column  in the same paper:

BBC pay invites criticism

"Details have been released of the pay given to BBC bosses. It is staggering that an organisation funded by a compulsory licence fee is willing to give away salaries in excess of 300,000.
The BBC's Charter is up for renewal next year and serious questions are already being raised about the future of the licence fee.
Furthermore, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, is certainly no friend of the corporation.
With growing numbers of people choosing to watch programmes online instead of buying a television set and a Government committed to supporting restrained spending, the BBC faces uncertain times.
Giving so much money to its managers is hardly going to win over critics who regard it as wasteful and bureaucratic".

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