The BBC revealed the salaries of its entertainment stars and top journalists on Wednesday. The data, which was being published for the first time, betrayed an embarrassing fact: Women are being paid less than men. The highest paid personality was host and producer Chris Evans, who earned between £2.2 million ($2.8 million) and £2.25 ($3.3 million) last year. The British public broadcaster published the salaries of employees who earn more than £150,000 ($195,400) a year as part of its annual report. The disclosure was imposed by the government in order to improve transparency. The BBC has been forced to defend its pay practices and the gender gap. BBC director general Tony Hall said before the
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The pay received by the BBC's biggest stars is to be revealed in the corporation's annual report later. It is the first time this information will be made public. The review, to be published at 11:00 BST, will list the 96 stars who earn more than £150,000 a year. Altogether, their earnings total almost £30m. Only one third of the names on the list are women. BBC director general Lord Hall said it highlighted a need to "go further and faster" on gender issues. However, he stressed the corporation was "pushing faster than any other major broadcaster". Lord Hall said he wanted to close the gender pay gap and have equality on screen and radio by 2020, saying that over the last three years nearly
A US judge has halted an auction of personal items of Madonna, after she said her privacy was violated. New York Justice Gerald Lebovits set a full hearing for 6 September, banning auction house Gotta Have Rock and Roll from holding a sale in the meantime. Madonna's underwear, a chequebook, a hairbrush, photos and a break-up letter from the late rapper Tupac Shakur had been among the scheduled lots. The pop superstar said her possessions had been stolen by a former friend. Tupac's letter, in which the rapper suggests he broke up with Madonna because of her race, was expected to fetch as much as $400,000 (£307,000). The letter is dated 15 January 1995 and was penned while Tupac was serving a prison
The BBC has, for the first time, published salaries of its highest-paid stars - with all those earning £150,000 or more included. The salaries are grouped into £50,000 blocks and are for the financial year 2016-17, where they came directly from the licence fee. They do not include each individual's earnings from other broadcasters or commercial activities. Here, we round up the top earners and what they do. Radio 2 presenters The nation's most listened-to radio station, Radio 2, has the highest BBC earner among its presenters - Chris Evans. Graham Norton, Jeremy Vine and Steve Wright are also among the top seven highest-paid stars. CHRIS EVANS (Pay bracket: £2,200,000 - £2,249,999) The top earner
London (CNN)It's a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is a novelist loved across the world. None more so than in the author's birthplace of Steventon, in southern England, where what's believed to be the first statue of the Pride and Prejudice author will be unveiled Tuesday. The life-sized bronze figure was created by sculptor Adam Roud as part of a series of events marking the 200th anniversary of the writer's death. Roud told CNN the statue of Austen, which he said was "my own interpretation of her," had taken nearly five months to complete.