Freelance Good Morning Ulster presenter Conor Bradford has revealed his BBC pay live on air during a discussion with an MP, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
“Look, I earn £29,000 a year for my Good Morning Ulster contract,” Bradford said after DUP MP Gregory Campbell had jibing him about the BBC’s refusal to disclose presenter’s pay.
Journalists’ salaries have become a talking point in Northern Ireland politics in recent weeks after Campbell accused the BBC of hypocrisy for questioning the expenses of MPs and Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly — including his own — while withholding its own salaries and expenses under the Freedom of Information Act.
Following Campbell’s statement ealier this month, the Information Commissioner ruled that the BBC must disclose the salary of it’s highest earning employee in Northern Ireland under the FOI Act, but that it was entitled to withhold individual presenters’ salaries on privacy grounds. Newspaper journalists subsequently also revealed that the corporation had an £800-a-day taxi bill in Northern Ireland.