Top Gear’s Chris Evans says “just pay us less” ahead of BBC White Paper publication

The Radio 2 DJ has a frank approach to cost-cutting at the BBC: 'We get paid too much money'

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“Just pay us less.” That’s the simple message Top Gear and Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans has for the BBC as the government prepares to publish its White Paper on the future of the Corporation.

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The presenter was responding to questions about his pay ahead of the government’s statement on the future of the BBC.

Reports suggest the BBC could be required to disclose the salaries of all stars earning over £450,000. Chris Evans, along with Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker and chat show host Graham Norton, are said to fall into that bracket.

“It’s not exactly breaking news that people who do what I do for a living, compared to people in the real world, get paid too much money,” Evans told BBC News.

“We’ve got jobs that people would kill for, we get to do things that people would pay to do if they could afford it. Sometimes those things aren’t even available to buy. Most of us work part-time anyway, so juts pay us less. That’s what I would do. It’s not rocket science.” 

Currently, only the salaries of BBC executives, including Director General Tony Hall, are published, but onscreen stars are exempt.

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Culture secretary John Whittingdale is set to introduce the White Paper in the House of Commons this Thursday.