BBC presenters earned thousands hosting events for wealth management firms, register shows

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Some of the BBC’s highest-paid presenters are taking money to host events for wealth management firms, according to the corporation’s first external events register.

© Ian West/PA Andrew Marr hosted an event for Brewin Dolphin fund managers in March – Ian West/PA

The register lists the outside activities of dozens of household names, but does not specify their exact fees, only categorising outside earnings for individual jobs as above or below £5,000.

Those charging more than £5,000 per job include BBC Breakfast and Football Focus host Dan Walker – salary £260,000-£264,999 – who appeared at an event for St James’s Place Wealth Management.

Andrew Marr, who earns £360,000-£364,999, hosted an event for Brewin Dolphin fund managers in March.

Mishal Husain – salary £265,000-£264,999 – worked as an interviewer for an organisation called World 50, which bills itself as “a private community for senior-most executives from globally respected organisations to intimately share ideas, solutions and collaborative discovery free from press, competition and solicitation”.

© Provided by The Telegraph The highest paid BBC stars in 2020

Justin Webb, who earns £250,000-£254,999, made four appearances on the list – as a speaker for Proxima Ltd, a procurement and supply chain consultancy; hosting an event for the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment; chairing a panel for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and speaking at an event organised by CityWealth magazine.

Others earning over £5,000 a time during the first three months of this year include Emily Maitlis (Mason Hayes & Curran Law), Kirsty Wark (WISH Foundation for Global Health), Clive Myrie (Made in Manchester Productions and the Asian Media Group), and Louise Minchin (Hull Business Awards).

Under rules brought in by Tim Davie, the BBC director-general, on-air presenters from the corporation’s news and current affairs, sports news and radio journalism must declare earnings from work undertaken outside the corporation, including speaking engagements or corporate events. The details will be published quarterly.

The BBC said 15 per cent of those on the list earned £5,000 or more per engagement, and around 40 per cent earned under £1,000.

 A spokesman said: “The BBC’s robust and long-standing Editorial Guidelines permit staff to carry out additional engagements as long as they do not compromise the integrity or impartiality of the BBC.”

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