first_imgIt is not in the interest of licence fee payers for the BBC to reveal how much its top talent is paid, the controller of the broadcaster’s channels has said.The BBC does not currently identify any of its top-earning stars – thought to include Chris Evans, Gary Lineker and Graham Norton, but will have to name on-screen talent earning more than the £450,000 under plans outlined in the Government’s BBC white paper.Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Charlotte Moore, who is also the controller of iPlayer, said: “We know that our audience expects to have some of the best talent on BBC One.”Of course we also know we can’t pay as much as other broadcasters, that is reality. Of course we can’t, but talent enjoy working with us because of the creative freedom and the range of what they can do. Ms Moore touted the triumphs of BBC shows such as The Night Manager, Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing and Peter Kay’s Car Share at the festival – but refused to be drawn on reports that the BBC could lose the broadcasting rights to the popular baking show, which will return to BBC One tonight.She said: “I would never talk about negotiations publicly but it’s safe to say Bake Off tonight is absolutely at the top of its game. It’s riveting, with a fantastic cast, and I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy it. “Being able to bring a series back and know you’re growing it and moving it with the times is really important.”On losing singing show The Voice to ITV, she said: “It was very sad to lose The Voice but when it went it created creative headroom.”It’s really difficult to decide what you are going to bring back and when something moves on you get on with creating new shows.” Graham Norton Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I genuinely think it’s not in the interest of licence fee payers that we do reveal talent fees, I think it will only drive talent fees up. We are already very transparent about a lot of the BBC, but talent fees is a difficult one.”The outcome of it could be talent fees go up if everyone knows what everyone is paid because they will want to be paid that. It is an incredibly complex situation.”But if the Government and Ofcom regulate that we have to do that, then we will have to.”It’s not always up to the BBC how much we pay them if it’s an indie production company, it’s a complex area.” Graham Norton was paid £2.5m via his production company last yearCredit:BBClast_img

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