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“The publication of the BBC’s top stars’ salaries is a welcome step towards creating transparency between public services and the taxpayers who fund them – particularly while the licence fee is compulsory. Furthermore, these revelations should help cut down the wasteful spending within the corporation. At the moment the BBC is trying to be all things to all people and licence fee payers are the ones picking up the bill. At least now the public will know what they are getting for their money.
“Some have called the publishing of pay potentially ‘damaging’ for the BBC; on the contrary, it should be a wake-up call. Strictly speaking, as a public service broadcaster the BBC should only be providing content that other broadcasters are not providing.
“If the BBC is indeed paying ‘market rates’ to celebrity presenters by dishing out salaries in the realms of £1 or £2 million a year, then it should also be competing in the market with other broadcasters in every other respect. No comedy or cooking show should be protected from market evaluation because it has the taxpayer to fall back on.
“Let’s be hopeful that this transparency will trigger more sensible management of funds and efficient use of licence fee payers’ money.”
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