The BBC will have to name all talent and employees who are paid over £150,000 a year, culture secretary Karen Bradley has said.

The details were revealed in a draft of the BBC’s next Royal Charter, published yesterday.

Currently, the BBC only reveals the salary details of executives who earn more than £150,000.

Bradley said publishing the salary details would bring the BBC "in line with the civil service" on transparency.

The National Audit Office is also to become the BBC’s financial auditor, allowing it to conduct value for money studies on all of the corporation’s activities including its commercial subsidiaries such as BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios.

Director general Tony Hall said: Our position on talent pay has not changed and all major broadcasters have questioned the merit of the proposal.  The BBC is already incredibly transparent and we publish what we spend on talent pay – a bill which has fallen in recent years.  The BBC operates in a competitive market and this will not make it easier for the BBC to retain the talent the public love. Ultimately, the BBC should be judged on the quality of its programmes.”

Staff Reporter

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