Why Is Jeremy Vine Paid 20 Times What Heís Worth?

Vernon Coleman

The BBC is apparently paying Jeremy Vine, a radio broadcaster, between £700,000 and £750,000 a year. Thatís our money that is being handed over with such vigour.

The standard argument is that Ďstarsí have to be paid huge sums of money because they do things that no one else can do.

Mick Jagger is well paid because no one else can do precisely what he does. Andy Murray and Lewis Hamilton are paid huge amounts of money because they have unique skills.

(And their money doesnít come from any form of taxation.)

But Jeremy Vine hosts a radio show. He does it tolerably, acceptably well.

But he is a public employee Ė paid out of a tax on the electorate.

And does he really have unique skills?

I think not.

I have been interviewed by presenters working on just about every radio station in Britain and it is my firm belief that there are at least 500 professional broadcasters in Britain who could do Vineís job just as well.

My guess is that there are probably many who could do it better.

Whatís the average wage of a professional presenter on the radio?

My guess is that very few take home more than £20,000 a year.

Few earn as much as £35,000 a year.

So why is Jeremy Vine being paid 20 times the going rate for a tolerably competent radio presenter?

If Mr Vine isnít prepared to take a massive pay cut then he should be fired and replaced with someone much cheaper.

The difference could be used to hire 28 new nurses.

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