Londoner’s Diary: Huw Edwards: it’s not fair to scrutinise my BBC pay


UW EDWARDS, reportedly the BBC’s highest-paid news presenter, says it is unfair his salary is scrutinised, because colleagues are paid more on a freelance basis. “I happen to know one of the highest earners in news over the last 10 years has never featured on any list,” he said, adding another “has part of their earnings reported and a huge chunk … not reported”.

He added: “The transparency is problematic. The BBC has a problem there because it can’t force people who are not on the books to be disclosing things, that’s a complexity of the system.”

After the BBC equal pay row in 2018, Edwards took a cut to just over £500,000. It has been reported that fellow news anchor Fiona Bruce earns “more than £1 million”— she also hosts the Antiques Roadshow and Question Time.

Edwards revealed that he had tried to help a female colleague when she found out she was being paid less than a male co-host before the furore. ”I said: “You need to go and see the manager and tell him that it’s completely out of order, you’re doing the same job” he said.

He said he was happy to take a pay cut and accepted he would never get a pay rise again. “I haven’t got a problem with the principal of the decision, which is to make the playing field more even. I do have a view which is unprintable which is unprintable about the way the BBC got itself into that position and the way that was allowed to develop because that really isn’t any presenters fault” he said.

The anchor also told the Fortunately podcast he steals his daughter’s Mac moisturiser when he takes his make-up off after the News at Ten. “I actually do use her supplies, much to her anger,” he said.

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