SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Graham Norton chats his way to £3m top earner spot at the BBC
Cheeky chat show host Graham Norton might officially be only the BBC’s third highest-paid presenter, but in reality he’s easily Number One.
Newly published accounts for his production company, So Television, which sells his show to the BBC, reveal that he was paid a staggering total of £3.24 million in a year.
His official BBC income was up to £729,999, according to the Corporation’s last list of top salaries.
This included payment for his old job as a Radio 2 host, and a range of other presenting roles that did not include his chat show, such as Eurovision and Drag Race UK.
Cheeky chat show host Graham Norton (pictured on March 11 2021) might officially be only the BBC’s third highest-paid presenter, but in reality he’s easily Number One
That was less than Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter Zoe Ball, who was paid up to £1.36 million, and Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker (£1.75 million).
Norton, who has been described as ‘the 21-century Terry Wogan’, made a lucrative move to Virgin Radio earlier this year.
He said of his decision to quit Radio 2: ‘The only thing that was part of the decision was oh, if I stopped doing this, I’ll get off that list.
‘I won’t be on that list any more. The kind of high earners list, which I didn’t like being on — hey, now I’m not. So to that extent it made me go… but that was sort of a bonus of leaving, it wasn’t the biggest driving force.’
Newly published accounts for Norton’s production company, So Television, which sells his show to the BBC, reveal that he was paid a staggering total of £3.24 million in a year. Pictured: Graham Norton arrives at Wogan House in London to broadcast his final BBC Radio 2 programme in December 2020
Norton’s official BBC income was up to £729,999, according to the Corporation’s last list of top salaries (file photo)
And in the past he’s said of his monster wages: ‘You cannot justify my wages, so I don’t try.
‘Am I still cashing the cheques? Yes, because somehow the market forces have decreed this is my value.’
Norton’s pay at So Television was £263,000 more than the previous year, even though the company’s turnover fell by £1.5 million to £14.4 million.
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‘My hair is a nightmare,’ says the mother-of-two. ‘I’ve always had fine hair, but I was told I had lots of it. Now that’s not the case. Reaching a certain age, I think hormones play a part as well as overusing hot tools.
‘I definitely colour my hair. I’m naturally blonde, but I’m very, very ashy. I need a little brightening. There’s no way around the damage though.’
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‘I don’t think I have a remotely healthy body image. Who does? I hate my legs, they’re so knobbly,’ says Anya, 53.
‘But I’ve made peace with the fact that I’m not going to be the thinnest girl on the beach. Instagram, while it can be hugely damaging, can actually have a role to play. You find your group of people to follow and you don’t, therefore, feel so bad if other people out there look better.
‘I’m guilty of this, too. If I look at my website, certainly in terms of body size, we’re probably not that inclusive. But we’re all learning.’
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Speaking of looks, the mother-of-one has a preference for someone with different attributes to the ginger/blond Wimbledon champ, from whom she split three years ago. ‘He should be 1.8m tall, dark-haired and a bit Italian, but with blue eyes.’
Ian Rankin can’t wait to visit his local pub when it finally reopens. ‘I’m counting down the days until I can have a pint at the Oxford Bar, which is currently still closed,’ says the 61-year-old Edinburgh-based crime writer and creator of Inspector Rebus.
‘I was last there a few months back — to pick up some fan mail that had been sent to me there.
Some of it had been behind the locked pub door for months. One bonus of having fans from all over the world write to me at the Oxford is that I get to have a drink while I read my mail.’
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‘We love watching Planet Earth together — David Attenborough is a saint,’ says the 34-year-old. ‘My dad is a lover of nature and stays pretty informed about our planet. He’s good at recycling and being mindful of the world.’
The model and DJ, who is married to filmmaker Jacques Naude, is due to give birth to their first child next month.
‘By teaching my child that less is more, we’ll hopefully make them more aware of our human consumption of ‘things’ that we may not really need,’ she says
Fancy a first edition classic, signed by Sebastian Faulks — with his telephone number, too?
Then keep an eye on the 500 book collection being auctioned by Maggs for Roger Katz, former manager of Hatchards, Britain’s oldest bookshop.
Modern masterpieces up for grabs include personally inscribed Alan Clark’s Diaries (£150) and Bill Clinton’s My Life (a snip at £2,000).
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