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Tory MP Lee Anderson has insisted that TV presenters and radio stars such as Gary Lineker should be put on the living wage for a couple of weeks. The former footballer and main presenter of the BBC’s Match of the Day is the highest-earning star with an unchanged salary of £1.75million at the BBC. But he has since signed a new contract which will see his fee cut by 23 percent.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Anderson said: “Stop paying stars like Gary Lineker £1.5million and radio presenters £2million.
“Put them on a living wage for a couple of weeks and see how they like it.
“It’s an absolute nonsense argument to say that they have to have £1.5million to present the football showdown because more people will watch it. It’s nonsense!
“People will watch Match of the Day to watch the football, not to hear a millionaire talk nonsense.
“This argument we have to pay these presenters obscene amounts of money is utterly ridiculous.
“People will still watch it.”
Mr Anderson recently claimed the BBC has been pushing a left-wing agenda in its programming.
Speaking to Defund the BBC, Mr Anderson said: “The fundamental differences are you had normal people probably earning a decent wage back in the 70s or 80s.
“But now it’s become a celebrity cult where they pedal out this left-wing nonsense.
“They’re all probably privately educated.
“They’re all champagne socialists which I know a lot of them are.
“They’ve got this left-wing agenda.
“They hate Boris, they hate the Government.
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“They think they’re far too intellectual to have voted Brexit and they’re using their own personal experiences and feelings to pedal out their own narrative through the media.
“The BBC should be bigger than that.”
The BBC has always denied allegations of bias and in its editorial guidelines the cooperation states it is “impartial, seeking to reflect the views and experiences of our audiences”.
On the BBC position, a spokeswoman for the Department of Media said: “It is an open recruitment process and all public appointments are subject to a robust and fair selection criteria.”
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