23 of BBC's journalism decision makers earn £100k plus

The BBC’s disclosure of the salaries for its top 107 ‘decision makers’ has revealed that 23 editorial executives on the journalism side of the corporation earn more than £100,000 a year.

Yesterday’s revelations do not include journalists on the ‘talent’ side of the business earning more than £100,000 a year – such as Jeremy Paxman and John Humphrys.

And according to The Times, nearly 300 other senior managers earning more than £100,000 are not on the list published yesterday.

The top earner on the journalism side of the BBC is deputy director general Mark Byford, who is also head of journalism. The former Look North producer was paid £471,000 as of August 2009.

Other high earners include director of news Helen Boaden, with a salary of £320,000; director of global news Richard Sambrook, on £299,880; and chief operating officer for journalism, Dominic Coles, on £257,500.

Director of the World Service Peter Horrocks is on £200,l000 a year; deputy director of news Stephen Mitchell earns £195,00 and head of newsgathering Francesca Unsworth earns £165,000 a year.

Further down the list, director of the BBC College of Journalism Vin Ray is paid £135,188 and chief advisor on journalism Richard Addy earns £104,000.

Propping up the pay league for the top decision makers in the BBC’s journalism group is controller of strategy, journalism, James Heath on £85,000 a year.

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