Jeremy Vine and Clare Balding On BBC's Top Salary List

The salaries of the two Chiswick locals are revealed

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BBC broadcasters Jeremy Vine and Clare Balding, both locals to Chiswick, have had their BBC salaries revealed today, as the corporation publishes the income of its top 'talent' in news, sports and entertainment.

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Jeremy Vine is one of the highest earners for his BBC Radio 2 show, at between £700,000-£750,000 although he is well behind BBC Radio 2's highest paid earner, Chris Evans (£2.2m).

However, he is still well ahead of Clare Balding, who is on £150,000 to £199,000. However that figure relates to a BBC salary, and the Rio Olympics and Wimbledon presenter, is still one of the UK's highest-earning female presenters and does a wide variety of work. According to The Guardian, in a story published in August 2016, her company Clearly Clare, made £516,712 in the year to the end of October 2015. She has also worked for Channel Four and receives royalties for her books.

The BBC came under fire today for the 'gender gap' as it emerged that two-thirds of the on screen talent earning over £150,000 are men.

The names were made public as part of the BBC Annual Report & Accounts publication. While the corporation has posted salaries of its senior management in the past, this is the first time on-air 'talent' has been made public.

Of the 43,000 talent contracts with the BBC last year, around a quarter of one per cent were paid more than £150,000. You can read about the salaries of top stars, from Graham Norton to Vanessa Feltz, Gary Lineker and John Humphreys.

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The revelation of Jeremy Vine's salary brought mixed reaction on Twitter with comments ranging from "Well done jeremy vine for being open and honest regarding the pay scale.
Very tricky subject to report on." to "the gender gap is an issue but the amount they pay everyone is borderline outrageous Jeremy Vine £800,000 for christs sake."

Fans of Clare Balding also took to Twitter commenting ;" How the dickens is Clare Balding paid so little compared to other presenters? She is quality; others, some, shocking!"

Both Jeremy Vine and Clare Balding are very involved in Chiswick life and both give of their time appearing at local church and/or community events, including the Bedford Park Festival and Super Saturday of Sport.

Jeremy Vine, who is married to BBC news presenter Rachel Schofield, is a father of two daughters and has lived in Chiswick for several years. He began his journalistic career as a reporter at the Coventry Evening Telegraph, before joining the BBC.

He has worked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Newsnight and Broadcasting House, as well as a stint as Africa correspondent. He has presented a number of high profile shows including Panorama, The Politics Show, Crimewatch, Points Of View and Eggheads.

He also presented graphics during the BBC’s General Election coverage, including the iconic Swingometer. He also diversified into light entertainment by becoming a contestant on 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2015.

He is also a keen cyclist and has come to public attention for posting videos on 'road rage' incidents, and he has over 634,000 followers on Twitter. He wrote his autobiography 'Its All News To Me' in 2012 and you can read his interview with about why he likes living in W4.

Clare Balding became a trainee with BBC National Radio in 1994, working on 5 Live, Radio 1 (presenting the sport on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show), Radio 2 and Radio 4. In June 1995, she made her debut as a television presenter, introducing highlights of Royal Ascot.

The following year she began presenting live, and in December 1997 she became the BBC's lead horse racing presenter after the retirement of Julian Wilson, and has fronted coverage of the Grand National.

She has reported from six Olympic Games, for BBC Radio in Atlanta and for BBC Television in Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro. She has presented four Paralympic Games, the Winter Olympics from Salt Lake City, Turin, Vancouver and Sochi as well as the Commonwealth Games from Melbourne, Delhi and Glasgow. She was the face of the BBC's rugby league coverage for some time. She also presents the Ramblings programme on Radio Four.

She is author of a memoir,' My Animals and Other Family, which was published on September 2012 and you can read her interview with She is married to former Radio Four newsreader Alice Arnold.

July 19, 2017


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