BBC’s Huw Edwards and Naga Munchetty topping up pay with eye-watering side gigs – EXPOSED

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News of the payments emerged yesterday when the corporation published its quarterly accounts for its highest-paid stars. They revealed that Naga Munchetty could have netted up to an extra £30,000 on top of her £259,999 salary since January.

Her BBC Breakfast co-host Dan Walker added more than £15,000 to his £295,000 BBC salary with external engagements.

Meanwhile, Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis was paid around £20,000 for three events to compliment her £370,000 salary from the corporation.

Long-standing news host Huw Edwards also added up to £10,000 to his annual £529,000 paycheck with engagements.

While none of the stars has done anything wrong – news of the payments came as the Tory Party remains mired in a sleaze scandal.

It has already led former government minister Owen Paterson to resign – amid calls for the rules on MPs doing second jobs to be tightened.

Many social media users quickly wondered how suitable it was for these stars to ask difficult questions of Boris Johnson’s Government while earning thousands moonlighting themselves.

An account called arturo wrote: “It is okay for them, but not for MPs.”

User bbox160714 wrote: “Stars? Who said they are stars, they read the news, host current affairs progs etc and are not liked by the majority of the country.

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“We just pay the BBC and have no voice.”

Deed64 said: “Sack the useless overpaid wokes.”

And dinkie1993 joked: “The BBC, the gift that keeps on giving.”

However, they were not without their supporters who said that, unlike MPs, they are not elected and can therefore do what they want with their spare time.

Broken Remote said: “Corporate gigs are nothing new and from what I understand BBC presenters don’t set national policy, ask questions in parliament or vote on legislation

“Trying to normalise Tory MP scummy behaviour?”

The register only notes if the fee was “above £5,000”, “below £5,000”, “between £5,000 to £10,000” and “above £10,000”.

A BBC spokesman said: “Data from this quarter show 56 percent of external events undertaken by staff involved payments of under £1,000 and the overwhelming majority – 91 percent – were below £5,000.”

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