Clare Balding favourite to leave BBC first as pay gap row rumbles on

Wage cuts are also muted from some of the Beep’s top stars…


With a host of female stars in ‘revolt’ over the BBC’s pay gap, Paddy Power have installed Clare Balding as the favourite from the list to leave next at 2/1.

Other short-priced contenders include Today presenter Sarah Montague (4/1), and One Show stalwart Alex Jones (6/1) – both of whom, like Balding, are signatories of the call-to-action letter to Beeb director general Tony Hall.

We’ve have also priced up which of the best-paid stars will take a pay-cut next year – with Steve Wright (10/3), Graham Norton (4/1), Chris Evans (5/1), and Gary Lineker (9/1) all contenders.

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However, the favourite in that market is Claudia Winkleman (2/1), the highest paid woman on the BBC’s pay list today.

Asked about the row spokesman Paddy Power said: “The BBC pay list has sent shockwaves through showbiz– who knew that Ian Beale was such a lucrative role?

“But, after the pay gap letter, it’s clear that many of the BBC’s best stars are reviewing their future.”

Which BBC presenter will get a pay cut in 2018?

2/1          Claudia Winkleman
10/3        Steve Wright
4/1          Graham Norton
5/1          Chris Evans
6/1          John Humphrys
7/1          Huw Edwards
9/1          Jeremy Vine
9/1          Gary Lineker

Which presenter will leave the BBC first?

2/1         Clare Balding
4/1         Sarah Montague
6/1         Alex Jones
6/1         Emily Maitlis
7/1         Louise Minchin
12/1       Laura Kuenssberg
14/1       Fiona Bruce

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* All prices correct at time of posting.


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