Three powerful talent agents represent as many as 20 of BBC’s top-paid stars

Three powerful talent agents represent as many as 20 of BBC’s top-paid stars

07/11/2021

THREE powerful talent agents represent as many as 20 of the BBC’s top-paid stars.

The revelation fuels concerns that licence fee cash is being swallowed up by huge wage rises.

The agents have close links with the Beeb and in some cases could take up to 15 per cent of lucrative deals struck on behalf of  ­clients. One is former BBC employee Mary Greenham, whose celebrity clients have enjoyed a pay boom.

Her website says she represents at least 12 of the BBC’s best-known journalists, including Andrew Marr, Sophie Raworth, Nick Robinson and Laura Kuenssberg.  Her clients are paid £3million of licence fee money between them every year.

Another firm with a big roster of BBC stars is the Noel Gay agency.

It represents Fiona Bruce, who is paid £409,999 to read the news and present Question Time. She receives a separate six-figure fee for hosting Antiques Roadshow.

A third is KBJ. Its clients include Mary Berry on up to £219,999 a year. Tory MP Nigel Mills said: “It’s worrying  so few agents have so much power at the BBC.” The BBC did not comment.

Ms Greenham said: “I have never taken anywhere near as much as 15 per cent.

“My whole business has struggled since the pandemic. I am not discussing how I bill my clients.” Other agents did not respond to comment requests.

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