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BBC civil war looming as broadcaster is forced to reveal stars' HUGE salaries

Mirror logo Mirror 17/07/2017 Frances Kindon
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The fur could be set to fly when the BBC publishes its list of top earners on Wednesday.

Responding to Government orders, Beeb bigwigs must reveal the salaries of all its stars who earn more than £150,000 (NZ$269,474).

But insiders are predicting the list could result in all-out war between the talent once they realise they’re not being paid as much as their opposite or same sex colleagues.

Claudia Winkleman © Getty Images Claudia Winkleman What’s more, there are fears that those who find their salary to be lacking could be lured away by other channels, who will know exactly how much cash they need to throw in the ring to tempt them.

Graham Norton is expected to top the chart thanks to his rumoured £2.5million (NZ$4.48 million) pay packet.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Claudia Winkleman and Match Of The Day’s Gary Lineker - who were named as top earners in 2016 thanks to their reported respective salaries of £525,000 and £1.8million (NZ$3.23 million)- are also expected to feature.

And in a battle of the sexes, New At Ten’s Fiona Bruce will find out how she fares against her colleague Huw Edwards.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Veteran BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr has previously admitted that the process will be super awkward for all involved.

“It's uncomfortable for all of us,” he said last month.

“I'm well paid but I'm much less overpaid, perhaps, than people working for rival organisations who won't go through this process.”

Credits: BBC © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: BBC However, a BBC source tells Mirror Online that tax payers might be pleasantly surprised.

"People should wait and see what the data shows rather than jumping to conclusions - people may be surprised by how much progress we have made - particularly when compared to the rest of the broadcasting and media sector,” the insider said.

"The data on recent promotions and hires is excellent.” Credits: BBC © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: BBC

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