BBC stars must be forced to declare ‘off the books’ pay, says Tory MP

Damian Collins, committee chairman and Tory MP for Folkestone and Hythe, told the Edinburgh International Television Festival: “What would be unacceptable is if, next year, BBC Studios turned around and said, ‘All these people being paid on Strictly, we are not going to disclose their salaries because we are now an indie and we don’t have to.’

If they earn over the threshold amount of money, whether by an independent production company or as a BBC member of staff, that information should be declared.

“Take someone like David Dimbleby. As far as the licence fee payer is concerned, he is someone who works for the BBC presenting a flagship programme, yet what he earns is private because it is made by a production company and not by the BBC directly.

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