Why are the BBC paying Alan Shearer £8,000-a-week out of our money when my poll shows 87% of the country are against it.
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At 51 next month Alan Shearer has had a gilded life. Born into a working class family in the North East he was blessed with magic in his boots which he turned into goals and gelt. Today he is worth an estimated £40million.
Not even his best friends would say that his broadcasting skills would match his footballing skills. He is neither insightful or intellectual.
Yes the BBC has just revealed they pay him around £400,000-a-year to be a pundit. They do not say how many shows a year he is contracted to but it looks like every time you see him he is being paid around £8,000. The reality is that being a “face” on the state broadcaster means people like Shearer are offered lots of commercial opportunities. Why does the BBC pay Shearer at all. He should be paying them.
I decided to carry out a little Twitter poll to see if my hostile views about his pay was shared more widely.
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After just a couple of hours -the poll will continue until 10am tomorrow- there have been 541 votes which are voting 87% against him getting that sort of money and 13% for.
I suspect that a similar poll about Gary Lineker’s £1,364,999 or Radio Two’s Zoe Ball at £998,000 would have received a similar thumbs down.
The licence fee is a tax (try not paying it) and the public don’t like their hard-earned money going on questionable talent. There is plenty of questionable talent on C4 but we’re not paying for it.
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The bad publicity surrounding these pay scales means there is constantly a bad smell about the broadcaster. They have just had to admit that they have lost one million UK households who have stopped paying the licence fee.
That number will get worse as 260,000 pensioners have refused to pay the £159 licence for the first time and those numbers have still to be included been in the boycott.
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