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Belfast councillor Séamas de Faoite calls for Stephen Nolan's salary to be cut

BBC presenter Stephen Nolan

AN SDLP councillor has suggested a pay cut for broadcaster Stephen Nolan to help reduce costs within the regional BBC.

East Belfast councillor Séamas de Faoite made the call as BBC NI announced planned staff reductions and the axing of programmes.

The corporation said Radio Ulster's weekly Inside Business and Radio Foyle's breakfast news programme would likely be axed.

As news of the cutbacks emerged , Mr de Faoite took to Twitter to offer his thoughts on where savings could be made.

"No other NI broadcaster can afford Nolan, so there’s no reason why his wage shouldn’t be cut to help save regional news staffers and valuable young journalists," the Lisnasharragh representative tweeted.

Host of the publicly funded broadcaster's 'biggest show in the country', Mr Nolan earned between £415,000 and £419,999 in the last financial year.

His salary makes him the fifth best paid BBC on-air star behind Gary Lineker, Zoe Ball, Alan Shearer and Steve Wright.

 

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