BBC Northern Ireland presenter Stephen Nolan is among the top 10 highest paid stars within the corporation, earning a salary of between £400,000 and £449,999 a year, it has been revealed.
Nolan is one 96 of stars just named by the BBC in its annual report, who earn more than £150,000 annually.
The Belfast-born broadcater earns around the same amount of money as football pundit Alan Shearer and TV host Andrew Marr, and more than other top personalities such as BBC News presenter Fiona Bruce and Radio One breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw.
It is the first time the information has been made public.
Nolan presents a number of radio and TV programmes for the BBC.
He presents The Nolan Show Monday to Friday on BBC Radio Ulster, a programme on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings for BBC 5 live and Question Time: Extra Time on Thursday evenings, as well as hosting the TV programme, Nolan Live, on BBC One Northern Ireland several times a year.
It is understood the salaries he receives for his separate presenting roles within the BBC have been amalgamated.
When asked by a listener on his radio show this morning whether his name would appear on the list of highest earners, Nolan said: “At 11am today the BBC will publish a list of those presenters who earn more than £150,000 or more, and I intend to do an interview on the Nolan Show tomorrow morning, where I will be interviewed by someone else and the rest of you (listeneners) can phone in and I will be accountable to all of you.”
DUP MP Sammy Wilson described it as “a national disgrace” that nearly one hundred employees in the BBC are paid more than the Prime Minister,
He added: “Of course it is true of all left wing liberal organisations that they treat public money with contempt and abandon believing that rules of proprietary and prudence shouldn’t apply to them.
“This is just another example of the champagne socialism which permeates many public sector organisations and is yet another reason why the unfair licence fee ought to be abolished and the BBC made to earn its money rather than it be gifted to it from those who often cannot pay.”
PBP MLA Gerry Carroll also criticized the BBC following publication of the list this morning.
‘Trade Unions have been fighting the BBC on the issue of low wages for its workers for years. Now we learn that some staff in the BBC are paid in excess of £2million year, while others take home just £16,000,” he said.
“If the BBC can afford to pay extravagant wages, then they can certainly afford to pay all of their staff a decent, living wage.”
READ MORE: Full list of BBC’s 96 top earners