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Graham Norton's pay, for example, is likely to be much higher, but because he probably pockets some of the production fee for "The Graham Norton Show" from his production company So Television, this is not captured in the BBC list.

Britain's will publish the salaries of its highest paid stars and journalists for the first time on Wednesday, revealing the gap in pay between men and women, in a move imposed by the government to improve value for money at the public broadcaster.

Chris Evans has topped the list with a salary between £2.2m and £2.25m, and Claudia Winkleman is the highest paid women, earning £400,000.

"We anticipate a number of high-profile female employees will now be examining the figures and demanding an explanation as to why they are being paid less than their male colleagues".

Second on the list is Match of the Day's Gary Linker earning between £1.75m and 1.8m in the same year.

Alex Jones, presenter of the One Show, is listed as earning more than £400,000.

He has also defended the license fee-funded pay packets, saying: "we need to employ the very best - stars, great presenters, writers, actors correspondents".

"We have significantly reduced the total bill spent on paying talent, down again this year by 2.5%".

ITN news presenter Charlene White also highlighted the lack of diversity, writing on Twitter: "While headlines justifiably concentrate on gender pay gap, let's not forget the other HUGE gaps in pay".

The actor, who plays Charlie Fairhead in the popular medical drama, earns between £350,000 and £399,000 while, Capaldi languishes between £200,000 to £249,000.

For part-time workers the pay gap favours women, who now earn 6% more than men.

Asked whether the publication of the pay figures would present a "lawyer's charter" for the BBC, with many women seeking to claim gender discrimination due to their pay, Hall said: "We will be working carefully and managing carefully our relationships with the talent we depend on". "They help make the BBC what it is", he told the Guardian.

"We have set the most stretching targets in the industry for on-air diversity and we've made progress, but we recognise there is more to do and we are pushing further and faster than any other broadcaster", he said.

The British government recently forced the BBC to disclose the wages of some of its most highest-paid stars.

"By 2020 we will have equality between men and women on air, and we will also have the pay gap sorted by then too". "This is already having an impact - of the talent on the list that we have hired or promoted in the last four years, 60 percent are women".

He added that the BBC does not take its duty to spend public money "lightly", making clear: "We're not afraid to walk away if money becomes an issue". "It's going to change the market for talent in this country".

As the BBC prepare to publish the salaries of its top contributors, Director-General, Tony Hall, has warned that comparing pay "is not straightforward".

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