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Image caption Gary Lineker is now top of the list, followed by Chris Evans and Graham Norton

The top 12 earners on the BBC's latest list of star salaries are all men.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has overtaken Chris Evans as the best-paid person on the list, earning between £1.75m-£1.76m in 2017-18.

Evans, Graham Norton, Jeremy Vine and John Humphrys are among those to have seen their pay drop since last year.

Claudia Winkleman is still the top woman, on £370,000-£379,999. Mary Berry and Newsnight's Emily Maitlis are among eight women to have joined the list.

Image caption Sarah Montague and Emily Maitlis were revealed to earn less than male co-hosts

This is the second year that the BBC has published the salaries of its best-paid presenters, although actors, comedians and some hosts have been removed this time after a shake-up of the corporation's structure.

Last year's list sparked an outcry about gender and ethnic inequality because the top of the list was dominated by white men and because some men were shown to have been paid more than female co-hosts.

Last year, the top seven were all men - this time, it's the top 12.

The list includes on-air presenters who earned more than £150,000 in the financial year 2017/18 from news, sport and radio as well as some TV entertainment shows.

Director general Tony Hall said they were "making progress" and that he wants a 50/50 split on the list as a whole, but that "these things take time".

Image caption Radio 2's Steve Wright has had a pay rise

Eight women have joined the list this year, led by Maitlis, who is now in the £220,000-£229,999 bracket. Europe editor Katya Adler and Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague are also new entries.

Four men have also joined, including BBC media editor Amol Rajan on £200,000-£209,999, including other radio presenting work.

Of the 12 people who have moved down the salary bands because their pay has dropped since the previous list, eight are men. But four of the five to have moved up the pay bands are also men.

Those getting pay rises include Radio 2's Steve Wright and Ken Bruce; Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw; and Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen. The only woman to move up a salary bracket is Sophie Raworth.

BBC on-air salary list 2017-18

  • 1. Gary Lineker - £1,750,000-£1,759,999
  • 2. Chris Evans - £1,660,000-£1,669,999
  • 3. Graham Norton - £600,000-£609,999
  • 4. Steve Wright - £550,000-£559,999
  • 5. Huw Edwards - £520,000-£529,999
  • 6. Jeremy Vine - £440,000-£449,999
  • =7. Nicky Campbell - £410,000-£419,999
  • =7. Alan Shearer - £410,000-£419,999
  • =9. John Humphrys - £400,000-£409,999
  • =9. Nick Grimshaw - £400,000-£409,999
  • =9. Stephen Nolan - £400,000-£409,999
  • =9. Andrew Marr - £400,000-£409,999

Some names have been removed from the list since last year because programmes made by BBC Studios do not have to be included.

BBC Studios makes many of the corporation's most popular programmes but is a subsidiary that has been classed as a commercial entity since April 2017.

Image caption Claudia Winkleman is still the best-paid woman on the list

As part of its latest disclosures, the corporation also published figures for 2018-19 to show it is on the way to rectifying the gender imbalance.

Excluding BBC Studios, 59% of on-air figures earning more than £150,000 in the current financial year are men, it said. That compares with 76% in 2016-17.

Lord Hall said: "I've made it absolutely clear that's not good enough and I want to get to 50/50, and that will mean changes in the range of what people are paid right across [the organisation]."

He added: "We are making progress and you must understand that. We're trying to get a balanced range of men and women and their pay right across the organisation.

"I am concentrating on what is a huge change, which is going from 25% of women to 40% of women being in the top, over £150,000 pay... These things take time."

New entries since 2016-17 list

  • Emily Maitlis - £220,000-£229,999
  • Amol Rajan - £200,000-£209,999
  • Mary Berry - £190,000-£199,999
  • Katya Adler - £170,000-£179,999
  • Ian Wright - £170,000-£179,999
  • Sarah Montague - £160,000-£169,999
  • Rachel Burden - £150,000-£159,999
  • Tina Daheley - £150,000-£159,999
  • Jane Garvey - £150,000-£159,999
  • Simon Jack - £150,000-£159,999
  • Feargal Keane - £150,000-£159,999
  • Sarah Smith - £150,000-£159,999

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