BBC puts out advert for new Breakfast presenter, and the pay is great

By Neil Shaw

The BBC has put out a job advert in a bid to find a new chief presenter for its Breakfast TV show.

Earlier this year host Louise Minchin announced she was quitting the show to pursue other interests - leaving the BBC to find a replacement.

Whoever gets the job would work alongside co-hosts including Dan Walker - currently taking part in Strictly Come Dancing.

Other hosts include Naga Munchetty, Charlie Stayt and Jon Kay.

The job includes one of the top pay packages at the BBC - and is just three days a week.

The advert reads: "BBC Breakfast is seeking a chief presenter to work with Dan Walker, Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt on the UK’s most-watched morning show.

"With 6million viewers every morning, the flagship Breakfast show combines news, sport, business and entertainment with real life stories. The key role is to inform and entertain viewers with everything they need for the day ahead."

The advert says the candidate would be based in Salford, and would work 26.5hours a week.

It also says they would be among the highest-paid stars at the BBC.

Under pay grade it lists FP - which according to the National Audit Office is a top-level pay packet.

The NAO says: "The BBC has now implemented a new framework for determining the pay of its on-air staff, which includes a new, bespoke pay band, FP, for its most senior 100 to 150 on-air presenters."

Ordinary BBC pay bands stretch from A - starting at £20,536 to F which tops out at £112,948

But the BBC's highest earners such as Gary Lineker and Zoe Ball are paid more than £1million a year.

Setting out the role responsibilities, the advert reads: "A BBC Breakfast presenter needs to combine the knowledge and confidence to deal with the main stories and the ability to entertain and inform millions of viewers

"We are looking for someone with significant broadcasting experience who is confident at setting the day’s agenda in a way that is relevant and relatable to the BBC Breakfast audience.

"The normal working pattern will be based around 3 days a week (normally Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) with some flexibility to work other days on the programme if needed. Working hours include prep time, pre records, travel and location work (outside broadcasts) when needed.

In 'ideal candidate' the advert states: "They will also be as comfortable discussing popular culture and real life issues as they are in politics and news. You will be authoritative and experienced and can handle breaking news, whilst also being warm, entertaining and able to offer our viewers great company to create a daily viewing habit.

"In this role the presenter needs to demonstrate the ability to connect and reflect the diversity of the UK.

You can apply for the role on the BBC website

BBC’s highest earning on-air stars 2020/21:

1. Gary Lineker – £1.36m
2. Zoe Ball – £1.13m
3. Steve Wright – £465,000
4. Huw Edwards – £425,000
5. Fiona Bruce – £405,000
6. Stephen Nolan – £405,000
7. Lauren Laverne – £395,000
8. Vanessa Feltz – £390,000
9. Alan Shearer – £390,000
10. Scott Mills – £375,0000

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