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‘Bucket of cold sick!’ Lineker’s £1.36m salary shows BBC ‘can’t be trusted’, says activist

BBC licence fee: Over-75s have ‘had enough’ says campaigner

And Rebecca Ryan, Defund the BBC’s Campaign Director, lamented the fact the news came at a time when pensioners throughout the country were being pursued for their £159-per-annum licence fees – with legal action an option. The BBC’s annual report for 2020/21 showed it had slashed 10 percent from its pay bill for top talent, after some of its biggest names agreed to salary cuts or quit.

However, despite taking a £400,000 paycut, former England striker Lineker – seen by millions last night during the coverage of Italy’s penalty shootout victory over Spain in the semi-finals of the European Championships – still trousers £1.36million a year.

Meanwhile, Naga Munchetty, presenter of BBC Breakfast, has seen her annual salary rocket by 30 percent, going up from the £195,000–£199,999 bracket to £255,000– £259,999.

People over the age of 75 were previously exempt from the licence fee – but rule changes mean only those in receipt of Pension Credit are excluded from the payment, with the grace period in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic expiring at the end of the month.

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BBC news: Gary Lineker still earns £1.36million a year (Image: GETTY)

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Naga Munchetty has picked up a 30 percent payrise (Image: BBC)

Ms Ryan told Express.co.uk: “The shocking revelation that Naga Munchetty, who openly mocked the Queen and Union Jack live on air, has been rewarded with a 30 percent pay increase, whilst many Britons don’t know if they’ll have a job to go back to has gone down like a bucket of cold sick.

“Meanwhile, crowing about Gary Lineker’s pay cut to £1.36 million for 60 days of work shows how thoroughly out of touch with licence fee payers chief executive Tim Davie is.

“As Michael Portillo said, ‘the BBC is clinging to the licence fee like a polar bear on a melting piece of ice’.

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Gary Lineker is fronting the BBC’s Euro 2020 coverage (Image: BBC)

The BBC is still a deeply wasteful organisation that has refused to evolve with its competitors

Rebecca Ryan

“Reducing the salaries of a few top earners, because they dropped a show or two, won’t hold back the inevitable tsunami that is the death of live broadcast TV.

“Nor will it assuage the ever-growing sense in the country that the licence fee is outdated and unjust, and the BBC’s collection practices discriminatory, with women and the vulnerable disproportionately prosecuted.”

Ms Ryan said: “The BBC extracted over £250 million from elderly Britons during a pandemic and we’re expected to be impressed with a staffing cost reduction of £14 million?

“The BBC is still a deeply wasteful organisation that has refused to evolve with its competitors.”

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Tim Davie, the BBC’s director general (Image: GETTY)

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Martin Bashir’s infamous interview with Princess Diana was cited by Ms Ryan (Image: GETTY)

The corporation had shown on numerous occasions, most recently with the controversy surrounding the methods Martin Bashir used to secure his bombshell interview with Prince Diana, that it “cannot be trusted to mark its own homework”, Ms Ryan claimed.

She added: “It must therefore be moved into the private sector where it can be held accountable by willing customers, not propped up by reluctant and coerced Britons.”

Speaking yesterday, Tory MP Julian Knight, chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS), said: “It’s welcome that some of the BBC’s top-earners have agreed to ‘significant reductions’ in their salaries this year. Yet despite taking a pay cut Gary Lineker is still earning £1.36 million.

“There remains a concerning lack of transparency because a number of top-earning stars are paid through BBC Studios and their salaries don’t appear here.

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European TV licence fees compared (Image: GETTY)

“Claudia Winkleman is one of those missing from this list despite her work for Radio 2 and presenting Strictly.”

Mr Knight said: “Without any indication of whether these earnings have gone up or down, licence fee-payers are only getting half the picture on whether they are getting value for money.

“It’s time for the BBC to commit to full transparency on its talent bill and drop the smoke and mirrors approach.”

The report covers the first six months of BBC director-general Tim Davie’s tenure.

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Julian Knight (Image: GETTY)

He said: “The BBC has delivered outstanding content and value to audiences in extraordinary circumstances this year. I am proud of all we have achieved to inform, educate and entertain the Nation in record numbers during the pandemic.

“The BBC is responding to global competition and pressure on our finances.

“But, we know we must do much more to ensure licence fee payers across the UK get best value from the BBC, to maintain their trust and provide a service they cannot do without.

“I am absolutely focused on making the reforms we need to ensure the BBC is positioned to offer all audiences the best possible service well into the future.”

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Four-day week: Iceland trial of shorter hours on same salary prompts UK demand on Twitter

Four-day week: Iceland trial of shorter hours on same salary prompts UK demand on Twitter

The trials took place between 2015 and 2019 and saw workers paid the same for shorter hours. The results showed productivity either remained the same or even improved.

The trial run by Reykjavík city council alongside the Icelandic national government included one percent of the working population cutting their work week from 40 hours to 35-36 hours.

Workers reported feeling less stressed and their work-life balance improved.

People have taken to Twitter to share their opinions on the trial.

“We’re still using a working week model from the 19th Century despite 21st Century technology and productivity. It’s time to update how we work,” a user from the UK said.

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“Five days on and two off is a massive imbalance. Four on and three off would be much better,” a user from the UK said.

One user from the US said: “Once again reminded that a three day weekend/four day work week would do amazing things for our collective well being.”

Another from the US wrote: “Yet another, ‘DUH! We’ve been saying this for decades now!'”

“It’s time to make the three-day weekend permanent. Nothing will be lost except a lot of misery,” a third user from the US wrote.

Will Stronge, director of research at Autonomy, told the BBC: “This study shows that the world’s largest ever trial of a shorter working week in the public sector was by all measures an overwhelming success.

“It shows that the public sector is ripe for being a pioneer of shorter working weeks – and lessons can be learned for other governments.

“Iceland has taken a big step towards the four-day working week, providing a great real-life example for local councils and those in the UK public sector considering implementing it here in the UK.”

Last year, a poll conducted by Survaton found that 63 percent of the British public support shifting to a four-day work week with no pay reduction.

The poll found that only 12 percent were against the idea.

Following the success of the trial, around 86 percent of the workers in Iceland started to negotiate contracts with permanently shorter hours.

Gudmundur D Haraldsson, a researcher at the Association for Sustainability and Democracy, said: “The Icelandic shorter working week journey tells us that not only is it possible to work less in modern times, but that progressive change is possible too.

“Our roadmap to a shorter working week in the public sector should be of interest to anyone who wishes to see working hours reduced.”

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Endocrinologists See Small Salary Rise in 2020, Despite Pandemic

Endocrinologists See Small Salary Rise in 2020, Despite Pandemic

As reported by most physicians across specialties, a sizable proportion of endocrinologists report earnings decreases in 2020, yet their average compensation, in fact, increased slightly compared with 2019, according to the Medscape Endocrinologist Compensation Report 2021.

In the survey of nearly 18,000 physicians in more than 29 specialties, endocrinologists reported average earnings of $ 245,000 in 2020, rising above the $ 236,000 reported in 2019.

That places them at the lower end of the annual earnings spectrum overall, above only public health & preventive medicine ($ 237,000), family medicine ($ 236,000), and pediatrics ($ 221,000). Topping the list is plastic surgery, with a reported $ 526,000 in average annual earnings.

Overall, earnings reported by physicians in all medical specialties did not vary widely between 2019 and 2020, despite the pandemic, according to the report.

As many as 42% of endocrinologists did report some decline in earnings, however, with the main cause, reported by 87%, being the obvious factor — the COVID-19 pandemic.

And while 47% of endocrinologists expect a return to pre-COVID-19 earnings levels within the next year, 46% say they feel the recovery could take 2-3 years. Five percent felt their income will never return to the pre-COVID-19 level.

Compensation Satisfaction?

With only 50% of endocrinologists reporting that they feel fairly compensated, the specialty is next to the bottom of the list in terms of being satisfied with their earnings, above only infectious disease specialists (44%).

That rate is nearly the same as that reported in 2019 (49%). Among specialties with the highest percentages feeling fairly compensated are oncology (79%), psychiatry (69%), and plastic surgery (68%).

Nevertheless, as many as 79% of endocrinologists report that they would pick medicine again, if given the choice, similar to the rate of 82% in 2019.

And a slightly higher percentage, 81% of endocrinologists, would choose endocrinology again.

Of note, despite the extreme challenges brought about by the pandemic, the rate is in-line with the 78% reported by physicians overall who would choose a career in medicine again in 2020. In comparison, in the 2013 Compensation Report, only 51% of physicians said they would choose medicine again.

Most endocrinologists report that the most rewarding part of their job is “gratitude/relationships with patients” (36%), followed by “knowing that I’m making the world a better place (eg, helping others)” (22%).

Among the most challenging aspects is “dealing with difficult patients” (19%), along with three other parts of the job that all tied for second, at 18% each: “having to work long hours,” “having so many rules and regulations,” and “difficulties getting fair reimbursement from or dealing with Medicare and/or other insurers.”

Workload Remained Steady Amid Pandemic

The survey, taken between October 2020 and February 2021, showed a steady workload of hours per week, despite the pandemic, compared with 2019. Endocrinologists report working an average of 50 hours per week — the same as 2019. Similarly, most physicians report working about the same number of hours now as in 2019.

The average number of patients seen by endocrinologists, however, declined by about 5%, from 74 to 70 patients per week, due to COVID-19–related office safety protocols and other factors.

Among specialties reporting the highest average declines were pediatricians, reporting decreases from 78 patients per week to 64 in 2020, about an 18% reduction.

And as many as 50% of endocrinologists say they believe up to 25% of their reductions in patient volume are likely permanent, while another 3% believe the permanent reduction is more in the 26% to 50% range.

The amount of time endocrinologists spend on paperwork and administration outside of medical-related patient visits, such as EHR documentation and managerial work, however, increased from 16.5 hours in 2019 to 18.4 hours in 2020, placing endocrinologists seventh among the specialties. The average reported by physicians overall is 16.3 hours.

Most endocrinologists (78%) report planning to continue to accept new and current Medicare/Medicaid patients, 13% have not decided yet, and another 12% report not accepting new Medicare/Medicaid patients and/or no longer treating those patients.

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Juan Williams’ Salary at Fox News Promised in Misleading Ad

Since at least May 2021, an online advertisement claimed to reveal Juan Williams’ salary at Fox News. Williams co-hosts “The Five” and has appeared on the cable news channel since 1997.

The ad in question read: “[Photos] After Years With The Fox News Channel, This Is Juan Williams’ Annual Salary.”


Juan Williams salary at Fox News was the subject of a strange internet ad.
Williams didn’t appear until page 119 of the 121-page article.

The ad appeared on the Outbrain advertising network. Outbrain ads are displayed across a massive number of pages including many local news websites.

121 Pages

The ad led to a 121-page slideshow article. The story was riddled with grammatical errors and strange wording.

On the first page, it mentioned that former NBC personality Matt Lauer “parted ways” with the network, but it did not mention why. Lauer was fired in 2017 for what NBC called “inappropriate sexual behavior.”

Other pages claimed that CNN personalities with their own shows including Brooke Baldwin and John Berman make between $ 59,000 and $ 60,000 per year.

Meanwhile, CNN’s Jake Tapper, “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak, Fox News host Jesse Watters, and ABC News host David Muir all showed much higher salaries.

However, none of the information in the article was sourced in any way. It did not appear to be the least bit reliable.

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After clicking “next page” 118 times, Williams finally appeared on page 119.

JUAN WILLIAMS – $ 2 MILLION

Celebrated journalist Juan Williams has been in the game for as long as we can remember, and his mastery of delivering news has made him a household name.

Surprisingly, his career did not begin on the screens. William started as a reporter for the ‘Washington Post,’ before making the switch to radio and eventually television. He is one complete journalist, and it’s no wonder his paycheck is hefty. After all, such skills don’t come easy, and currently, Williams reportedly earns a little over two million dollars. His wages will only rise in the coming days, just like his popularity!

While the story claimed that Williams’ salary was $ 2 million, this appeared to be outdated and perhaps incorrect information. Further, there was no source offered for the figure.

11 Years Ago

In 2010, The Los Angeles Times reported that Williams was offered a three-year contract at Fox “in a deal that amounts to nearly $ 2 million.”

The slideshow article and other websites that claim to publish the net worth of celebrities published this seemingly outdated figure from 11 years ago.

We were unable to find any data on Williams’ current salary at Fox News more recent than 2010.

Google’s Unreliable Answer Boxes

The salaries and net worths of celebrities are often kept out of the public eye, with some exceptions. Google searches for a celebrity name might show a net worth figure at the top of the search results in a large font size. Moz.com referred to the search result area as “Google answer boxes” or “featured snippet.”

However, this area at the top of search results does not mean that Google confirmed the figure. It simply means that Google pulled data from a website that likely estimated the number. Such websites usually do not cite any sources.

Snopes debunks a wide range of content, and online advertisements are no exception. Misleading ads often lead to obscure websites that host lengthy slideshow articles with lots of pages. It’s called advertising “arbitrage.” The advertiser’s goal is to make more money on ads displayed on the slideshow’s pages than it cost to show the initial ad that lured them to it. Feel free to submit ads to us, and be sure to include a screenshot of the ad and the link to where the ad leads.

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Barcelona ‘preparing 3-year deal’ to entice Messi to stay – but club legend MUST take paycut on $90mn salary

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Barcelona ‘preparing 3-year deal’ to entice Messi to stay – but club legend MUST take paycut on $90mn salary

Barcelona will offer star player Lionel Messi a three-year deal in the coming weeks in a desperate bid to persuade the Argentine to remain at the club, according to reports.

Messi’s current contract expires on June 30, and after deciding not to drag his boyhood club through the courts last summer and force a move to Manchester City, the Argentine ace is finally free to go to a club of his choosing.

Given that then-president Josep Bartomeu resigned in October and has been replaced by Joan Laporta, however, the chances of Messi staying on have vastly improved since one of football’s biggest transfer sagas unfolded.

Increased success on-pitch has helped too. Though the Blaugrana stuttered initially under Ronald Koeman, they lifted the Copa del Rey last weekend and Messi has also evidently enjoyed playing alongside young pearls such as Pedri and Ilaix Moriba.

These factors have given Laporta the confidence to publicly profess that Messi will stay on, but as reported by ESPN, sacrifices will have to be made.

For a start, as an internal audit is prepared to measure the extent of Barca’s financial woes with debts exceeding $ 1 billion, the skipper’s annual salary of $ 90.5 million is no longer affordable – which has forced Laporta to study “different formulas”.

As part of a two-season deal with an option to extend for another term, then, Messi will be paid over several years even if he heads to the MLS at the age of 37.

“I always had the dream of being able to enjoy and have the experience of living in the United States and experience what the league there is like,” he admitted to La Sexta, in a widely-publicized interview at the end of 2020.

During the same sit-down chat with the Spanish media outlet, Messi simultaneously confessed that he sees himself returning to the Catalan capital he has lived in since the age of 12 in a sporting director’s role, which would make staggered payments easier to maneuver.

Back in the here and now, though, Laporta can also take advantage of the serial winner’s competitive spirit. 

He could convince him that a pay cut will help free up funds to land Erling Haaland, and/or grant a long-awaited reunion with Neymar, which would in turn build a title-challenging squad. 

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But while the player’s father and representative Jorge has already arrived on the Old Continent to oversee negotiations, ESPN were told that there is currently no date set for a showdown with Laporta over the deal that will define the Blaugrana’s success for the foreseeable future.  

As the club is still in the race for the La Liga crown and merely need to win all seven remaining fixtures to bring it to the Camp Nou for the first time since 2018/2019, LM10 wishes to “focus exclusively on events on the pitch” before rushing into any decisions.

Elsewhere, Messi today celebrates one of his greatest individual feats in a Barcelona shirt.

On this day in 2017, he sank Real Madrid with a last-minute winner at the Bernabeu that left Los Blancos and their fans stunned, while then going on to taunt them by holding up his shirt to the packed home crowd.

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Paul Pogba makes huge Man Utd salary demand as Mino Raiola explores transfer options

Paul Pogba makes huge Man Utd salary demand as Mino Raiola explores transfer options
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has asked for a £500,000 per week salary to commit to the Red Devils beyond the end of next season, according to reports. The Frenchman’s future has been shrouded with uncertainty in recent months, with his current deal at Old Trafford set to expire in the summer of 2022.
Pogba has been one of United’s best performers since the turn of the year, chipping in with a number of vital contributions to keep the Red Devils on course for a second-placed finish in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old also scored the winner against AC Milan in his side’s Europa League round of 16 second-leg clash at the San Siro, furthering United’s ambitions of a second continental triumph in four years.

Despite his influential role at the heart of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s midfield this season, Pogba is yet to agree fresh terms with his current employers.

A number of clubs have been linked with his services as a result of the situation, with potential suitors including the likes of Spanish giants Real Madrid and former club Juventus.

United could be faced with a dilemma over whether to sell Pogba this summer rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of next season.

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If the Red Devils are serious about keeping hold of their man, they are likely to be forced into making an unprecedented financial commitment in order to do so.

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has informed club chiefs that an offer of £500,000 per week would be required to stand any chance of striking an agreement, according to the Daily Star.

The controversial 53-year-old, who has struggled to stay away from the limelight during Pogba’s time at Old Trafford, is also said to have sounded out Real, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain to relay his client’s demands.

It is claimed that, in practice, the World Cup winner could pocket around £800,000 each week when his lucrative image rights are taken into consideration.

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This figure would easily make Pogba the highest-paid player in United’s long and storied history.

He insisted back in January that he was eager to extend his stay at the club, telling BT Sport that he remains fully focused on helping the Red Devils to restore their former glory.

“I have a contract, I’m here, I’m enjoying myself,” said Pogba.

“Everybody knows that I have one year left, so I’m going to speak to the club to see what’s going on.

“Now my objective, my goal, is to win something that’s all I’m thinking about is to win, bring my energy, do the best I can to help the team the most.

“That’s all I’m thinking of. The contract is not important, just to win.”

Pogba was brought back to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, with the 20-time Premier League champions shelling out a club-record transfer fee in the region of £91m to secure his signature.

Since rejoining United’s ranks he has played 191 matches in all competitions, scoring 37 goals and providing another 39 assists in the process.

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