Welsh Rich v Welsh Poor
Although most people knew this already we now have proof that our TV people are paid way too much. Just look at what some of BBC Wales’s TV presenters earn:
Cardiff’s John Humphrys, presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme & bloke who reads the quiz questions on BBC Two’s Mastermind since 2003, is in the £600,000-£649,000 pay bracket!
Bridgend-born Huw Edwards, who just reads the news, is in the £550,000-£599,999 pay scale. This in addition to his all-expenses-paid trips to Patagonia.
Ammanford’s Alex Jones, The One Show presenter on BBC1, is earning £400,000-£449,000. She can be seen here laughing all the way to the bank.
‘Laughing all the way to the bank’
BBC’s Jason Mohammad is earning £250,000-£295,999 a year.
Gabby Logan, daughter of former Wales manager Terry Yorath, earns between £200,000-£249,999.
Yet the only one with any talent, one of the greatest rugby players of all time, Jonathan Davies, who commentates on the two codes, gets between £150,000-£199,999.
So what you might say?
23% of people in Wales lived in a household where the income is below 60% of the UK median between 2013/14 and 2015/16. That’s including housing costs, and is roughly 700,000 people.
These levels have been roughly the same for the past decade, and slightly higher than other UK countries. The most recent figure for England is 22%, 20% for Northern Ireland and 19% for Scotland.
The median wage in Wales is about £19,126, which is also the lowest median wage in Britain. Of course you have to include all the high earners (see above plus CEOs, solicitors, doctors etc.) to work out any average figure, which puts the ‘real figure’ for the majority of people much lower.
Jeremy Corbyn has said he does not think he is wealthy, despite his £137,000 salary.