Fat cat BBC executive handed 40% pay rise – Tim Davie now earns more than half a MILLION | UK | News
While hundreds of jobs have been cut over the last year, members of the broadcaster’s executive team have been awarded pay rises of up to 40 percent. Indeed, Tim Davie, director-general of the BBC, has seen his wage rise by 16.6 percent. Mr Davie now earns £525,000 due to the increase which came into effect last month – he had previously been paid £450,000.
He is one of five members of the committee whose salary was increased last month.
Amid the vast number of job cuts for the broadcaster, Noel McClean, the national secretary of Bectu, the TV and radio trade union, crticised the raise in wages for the executive committee.
He said: “BBC funding and the licence fee are a political football that the BBC’s enemies love nothing more than to kick about with their mates, unfortunately Tim Davie has left them with an open goal this time.”
Rhodri Talfan Davies was promoted as well as receiving a pay rise of 40 percent to £260,000, The Times reports.
He is now the broadcaster’s director of nations after running operations in Wales.
Charlotte Moore was elevated to chief content officer with her salary rising by nine percent to £402,000.
Gautam Rangarajan received a 10 percent pay rise to £199,000 after he was made group director of strategy and performance.
However, the BBC has cut down the size of the executive committee.
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The BBC announced this year it will move some of its roles outside of London which includes plans for BBC One to be tailored for audiences in the North West and the North East of England.
It is thought the BBC will soon announced the latest five-year licence fee deal agreed with Government in the coming weeks.
Speaking the Royal Television Society conference in Cambridge last month, Mr Davie said: “Of course you wouldn’t invent the BBC now.
“But you wouldn’t invent many things that are wonderful precious things.
“But by goodness you wouldn’t change it.”