ave you ever wondered how much TV presenters are paid? You’ll never believe it, but there are huge differences in the pay packets, with some of the nation’s best-loved presenters scooping annual salaries of just under £500,000 to £30 million!
Here are the top 10 top-paid presenters on television, ranked from number 10 to number 1:
10. Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly
Claudia and Tess have only been working together over the past couple of years presenting Strictly Come Dancing, after the late Sir Bruce Forsyth chose to retire from the show.
Between 2004-2010, Claudia hosted the show’s spin-off show on weeknights ‘Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two’. Tess, on the other hand, has presented the main show since 2004.
The pair are the nation’s only female presenting duo, therefore their role in hosting one of the nation’s most-watched prime-time reality shows has meant they each scoop a whopping £575,000 per season.
9. Nick Grimshaw
Nick gained the attention of millions around the UK after he replaced Louis Walsh on the 2015 series of X Factor, therefore no doubt earned a fair whack for this project alone, three years ago.
Due to his extensive radio work, Nick’s said to earn approximately £600,000 per year at the current time. However, according to recent reports, the Radio 1 Breakfast Show which he has presented since 2012 has been cut from 5 days to just 4, as a new weekend schedule has been put in place. This won’t affect his salary though, as the BBC are still set to pay him his usual rate – and he’ll get an extra lie in on a Friday morning – bonus!
Taking to Twitter, Grimshaw announced to his followers: “It’s not just me being a lazy a**e, it’s all change on Fridays….” while James called them “exciting changes”.
From the TaxPayers Alliance, James Price told the Bizarre column: “Many of us might dream of being paid the same amount but working less, but it’s just not right that licence fee payers should foot the bill.”
Despite this, his show was said to have reached a two-year high, after reaching 5.72 million listeners per week.
8. Holly Willoughby
Now one of the UK’s most prized presenters, you can’t turn on the TV at any time of the day without seeing Holly Willoughby on your screen. She’s a favourite on both morning and evening television, presenting ITV’s This Morning, as well as prime-time shows such as ‘Dancing on Ice’, ‘Celebrity Juice’, ‘Surprise Surprise’ and ‘Play to the Whistle’.
It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Holly’s extensive schedule has ranked her as number 8 highest-paid TV presenter and earns approximately £1 million per year. Aside from her presenting work, Holly also had her own production company, which she has owned since 2014. Over its four year span, it’s said to have earned her an extra £1.5 million. In total, the blonde bombshell is said to be worth an impressive £10 million.
7. Phillip Schofield
Holly’s This Morning co-star, Phillip Schofield is another presenter who’s made his name due to presenting a number of high-profile shows. These have included This Morning since 2002, Dancing on Ice, All Star Mr and Mrs and The Cube.
Similarly to Holly, Phillip also rakes in around £1 million per year, and is reportedly worth around £8 million in total. Last year, he signed a contract with ITV for £2 million to remain with This Morning for another two years.
6. Chris Evans
Although Chris Evans was fired from Top Gear due to poor ratings, after his take-over from Jeremy Clarkson, Chris is still one of Britain’s best-paid presenters. Throughout the BBC series, he was heavily criticised for his unique style of presenting and decided to walk out if his contract two years early.
Although he received a great deal of stick from fans, his decent £2 million pay packet from the show most likely left a huge grin on his face.
5. Graham Norton
This Irish presenter has hosted his own prime-time show entitled The Graham Norton Show since 2010 – very original. Alongside this hugely successful talk show, Graham is also the commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest and also has his very own programme on Radio 2.
Due to his extremely busy work schedule, Graham is said to earn roughly £2.2 million on an annual basis.
4. Clare Balding
Perhaps one of the most well-known faces in the world of sports presenting, Clare Balding has commentated and hosted a wide range of sports shows such as the likes of Wimbledon on Channel 5 and the Olympics coverage on BBC.
Each year, she presents the world-famous dog show Crufts, and also covers a number of high-profile events with commentary, such as momentous royal occasions. Her varied career and projects throughout her annual schedule means that Clare earns roughly around £2.6 million each year.
3. Gary Lineker
Although Gary was a former footballer, he’s certainly made his name in the world of television presenting, after hosting BBC’s Match of the Day. This spot alone means he’s thought to rake in an attractive £2 million, but his other work with NBC Sports and lengthy collaboration with Walkers crisps means he’s earning an extra £1 million on top of that.
2. Dermot O’Leary
Best-known for hosting the UK X Factor, Dermot O’Leary has certainly got himself an impressive pay packet for presenting one of ITV’s most popular shows. It was reported that last year, Dermot signed a four-year contract with a £8 million sum attached to continue presenting the reality singest contest, which means the show is set to stay on our screens for a little while longer.
While we may not see him hosting other TV shows throughout the rest of the year, Dermott is busy with his very own radio show which means he gets an average salary of £3 million per year – making him Britain’s highest-earning individual presenter.
1. Ant and Dec
It comes as no surprise that the best-paid presenters in the UK are the legendary duo that is Ant and Dec. It was reported that the pair recently signed a new contract with ITV for a huge £30 million; to host shows such as ‘Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’ and ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’.
Not a bad wage to say that the presenting duo started out as young actors in Byker Grove back in 1989 and since then, their careers have soared – first making their name in children’s TV to later securing their spot on live prime-time shows.
It comes as no shock that the pair have faced their fair share of troubles in recent months, as Ant went public with his battles of painkiller addiction and was later admitted to rehab.
Ant announced his split from wife of 12 years, Lisa Armstrong due to the troubles they had both faced in their personal life – but the Geordie presenter seemed back to health when he returned to the I’m A Celebrity jungle in November.
Just a few weeks back, however, Ant’s popularity plummeted as he was caught drink driving and ended up in a three-vehicle collision. As a result, the pair’s hit TV show Saturday Night Takeaway was cancelled for one week before Dec went on to present the rest of the series alone.
Taking to Twitter, Dec announced to fans:
‘Whilst I never thought i’d be in this position, after much discussion and careful consideration we’ve decided that the remaining two shows of this series of Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead.
We made a promise to take hundreds of deserving winners to Florida to watch the series finale and we will honour that. Everyone at ITV and the Takeaway team feels we owe it to the audience to complete the series.
After the last show had aired, Dec thanked viewers and fans for “all the love and support during the series”.
What fans are now unaware of is what will happen for this year’s series of Britain’s Got Talent which is set to air in the coming weeks and whether Ant will be well enough to take part alongside Dec. We do hope so!