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Stephen Nolan among the BBC's top five biggest earners

Stephen Nolan at the BBC in Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell
Suzanne McGonagle

STEPHEN Nolan is among the BBC’s top five biggest earners.

New figures from the corporation revealed that the Belfast-born presenter earned between £415,000 and £419,999 in 2021/22.

In the previous year, Mr Nolan earned between £405,000 and £409,999.

His salary for presenting shows on BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC One NI makes him the fifth best paid on-air star for the corporation behind Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball, Alan Shearer and Steve Wright.

However, the radio and television presenter's pay may vary each year depending on when he is actually paid by the BBC for programmes he has presented.

The salaries were revealed in the BBC's annual report, which gives the pay details of its top earning presenters and other staff who earn more than £150,000 from the licence fee in the year.

Gary Lineker is the BBC's top earning on-air talent for the fifth consecutive year and the only name to earn over £1 million annually.

The only new addition to the top 10 is Greg James, whose salary has increased by £80,000.

Co Down-born radio presenter Colin Murray also makes the list for the first time. He earns between £160,000 and £164,999.



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