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Old 02-09-2013, 14:46
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There are many millions of people whose salaries are paid from taxation - teachers, nurses, civil servants, librarians, bin men. That does not give us the right to know how much an individual earns.
We know how much the Prime Minister earns.

i suppose he's less important thana DJ
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Old 02-09-2013, 14:47
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would you ask any other profession what they earn, there seems to be a morbid fascination to know what broadcasters earn, to me they get paid what they are worth. if you are considered good enough for a national breakfast show then you earn accordingly.
If the private sector that might be the case. But there is no excuse for the secrecy at the BBC (other than to hide the outrageous over paying of talentless people)

We can find out what an MP, nurse, fire fighter or soldier gets paid, but not a BBC presenter, except of course Jeremy Clarkson. funny how the BBC manage to leak his salary.

Dame Nikki Campbell was moaning this morning about the 'outrageous' (in his opinion) money in football. He forgot to mention the 100 million the BBC wasted on a failed IT program, the millions paid in paying off useless BBC managers and the massive wages to paid to very average BBC presenters.

Funnily enough, the BBC never had a phone in about any of the BBC waste.
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Old 02-09-2013, 14:48
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Just out of interest I believe that Nikki Campbell is on around 400K a year (he didn't deny it on air when someone said he probably earned 250K so it will be a lot more)

He's not work 10K a year.
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Old 02-09-2013, 14:49
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There are many millions of people whose salaries are paid from taxation - teachers, nurses, civil servants, librarians, bin men. That does not give us the right to know how much an individual earns.
Um yes it does because you can find out quite easily what a nurse earns or a teacher or a doctor.
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Old 02-09-2013, 15:30
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Only because they are nosey. This doesn't give them the right to personal finance infornation about individuals.
LOL it's got nothing to do with been nosey. If your paying your council tax you have the right to know where that money is been spent, that is why your given a run down such as police, fire, bin collections etc.

So as we have to pay a TV licence by law, 'we' the public have the right to know exactly were every single penny is been spent. Presenters and general radio staff such as programers, reception staff etc should have NO right to get salaries hidden from the 'people' that pay the wages. If they have an issue with this then I suggest they work for a private company that do not openly advertise salaries etc.

Several forums on Digital Spy had discussed companies hiding salaries and benefits and because of this many good candidates will simply not apply - thus putting the company at a disadvantage from good talent and skills.

Why would I want to spend 2-6 hours on a job application when I don't know how much they are paying - it's utter madness.
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Old 02-09-2013, 15:43
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I work in radio and have done for 16 years now. Wages vary from station to station, group to group, show to show and presenter to presenter.

To be honest, I have no interest whatsoever in what anybody else earns as its none of my business. I am interested in my salary and the only people who know what that is, are me, my bank manager and the tax man, it has nothing to do with anybody else.

Wages can also vary depending on whether the person is staff or freelance too.

But I would say this, if wanting to know the wages is the main reason to decide on whether to persue a career in radio or not, then you shouldn't really be considering a career in radio.
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Old 02-09-2013, 17:23
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The BBC is nothing more than a parasite on the back of the British people, the day I am not forced to buy a TV license will be the same day that what they pay out is non of my business.

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Old 02-09-2013, 18:33
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So as we have to pay a TV licence by law, 'we' the public have the right to know exactly were every single penny is been spent. Presenters and general radio staff such as programers, reception staff etc should have NO right to get salaries hidden from the 'people' that pay the wages. If they have an issue with this then I suggest they work for a private company that do not openly advertise salaries etc.
if it's for a radio presenter in commercial radio you wouldn't be filling in an application with the exeption of Lincs FM. You would have probably sent a demo to the station and have been called by the PC to have an informal chat and things would develop from there.

All BBC jobs as far as I know do tell you the salary or salary band and you do have to go through an application process for those.

In terms of what we need to know, I think we're entitled to know how much of our money goes to Radio 2 programming for example but not a breakdown of what each presenter and producer earns. Why should I know (or care) about this.
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Old 02-09-2013, 19:10
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The BBC is nothing more than a parasite on the back of the British people, the day I am not forced to buy a TV license will be the same day that what they pay out is non of my business.

Forced ? That is outrageous, call the police........that is illegal.
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Old 02-09-2013, 22:30
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I work in radio and have done for 16 years now. Wages vary from station to station, group to group, show to show and presenter to presenter.

To be honest, I have no interest whatsoever in what anybody else earns as its none of my business. I am interested in my salary and the only people who know what that is, are me, my bank manager and the tax man, it has nothing to do with anybody else.

Wages can also vary depending on whether the person is staff or freelance too.

But I would say this, if wanting to know the wages is the main reason to decide on whether to persue a career in radio or not, then you shouldn't really be considering a career in radio.
Unfortunately Darren your one of the lucky ones in radio, many people are not as lucky so therefore I don't think you fully understand the issue most people have.
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Old 02-09-2013, 22:40
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Unfortunately Darren your one of the lucky ones in radio, many people are not as lucky so therefore I don't think you fully understand the issue most people have.
Why am I lucky ? I was made redundant in May if you go to Radio Today you will see all the details. I am now one of the many freelancers in this world
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:19
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Yearly Annual Salary

Lincs Fm (Monday - Friday) Overnights ??
It's actually a six day week to make up 39 hours for all regular presenters working either Sunday-Friday or Monday-Saturday. Actual salary I'm unsure of but, due to current climates, I recall they've had a pay freeze for the last few years. Freelance rate is 40 regardless of show...
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:20
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The smaller stations you mention Lincs and Jackie probably wont have live presenters during the times you are asking about. So they are probably getting a staff member to automate shows FOC or for expenses.
For your information none of the shows on Jackie are automated. We have live presenters 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
So please don't make spurious statements when you're clearly not aware of the facts.
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:57
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For your information none of the shows on Jackie are automated. We have live presenters 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
So please don't make spurious statements when you're clearly not aware of the facts.
Please note the use of the word "probably" certainly lots of other small stations like Jackie do automate a lot of output. I was just generalising.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:52
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But I would say this, if wanting to know the wages is the main reason to decide on whether to persue a career in radio or not, then you shouldn't really be considering a career in radio.
I tend to disagree, if someone like Adam suggests is at stage where they are looking at potential careers something everyone considers is how much they would earn. Someone might want to be an actor for an example and would want to know before investing in the training whether or not it would be a worthwhile career. The last thing anyone would want is to be doing the job you always wanted to do and earning buttons for it compared to a having a stable career in something you have the qualification to do like a lawyer where the pay is going to give you a higher standard of living than that of your dream career path. I always wanted to be DJ/presenter but the oppurtunities and the wage were comparitively lower than the area at work i was skilled in and now work in.
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Old 03-09-2013, 13:08
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I tend to disagree, if someone like Adam suggests is at stage where they are looking at potential careers something everyone considers is how much they would earn. Someone might want to be an actor for an example and would want to know before investing in the training whether or not it would be a worthwhile career. The last thing anyone would want is to be doing the job you always wanted to do and earning buttons for it compared to a having a stable career in something you have the qualification to do like a lawyer where the pay is going to give you a higher standard of living than that of your dream career path. I always wanted to be DJ/presenter but the oppurtunities and the wage were comparitively lower than the area at work i was skilled in and now work in.
I always wanted to work in radio, right from a young age and the salary never entered my mind. It's a dream job and although wages aren't as high as many people think you have a charmed life ( mostly ). You work indoors, you don't do physical work and you get to meet a lot of famous people. What's not to like ?

I had a "proper" job for 13 years before I started full time in radio and that was bloody hard work compared to this.

Maybe it's my attitude. I love working on the radio as I love talking on air and on stage to crowds. The money isn't the main priority. Job satisfaction is. I've learnt to live within my means.

I will also say, if you're good enough, you'll earn enough
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Old 04-09-2013, 00:03
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Freelance rate is 40 regardless of show...
40 should be minimum for a new jock (late teens/early 20s, maybe a student in the week), but if you're still earning that after a couple of years as a full-time jock you're not doing well. Only the small tin-pot stations pay that.

On larger ILRs/regionals their jocks will be on 100 a show minimum for freelancers, 120-150 is common on the larger Heart stations and larger heritage ILRs. Breakfast on stations like Key/City/Metro for example, 300 a show is not too far out. It's not a badly paid job if you're good at it. Evening/night time network shifts you are looking around 200 a shift on Global generally.
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Old 04-09-2013, 00:14
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I work in radio and have done for 16 years now. Wages vary from station to station, group to group, show to show and presenter to presenter.

To be honest, I have no interest whatsoever in what anybody else earns as its none of my business. I am interested in my salary and the only people who know what that is, are me, my bank manager and the tax man, it has nothing to do with anybody else.

Wages can also vary depending on whether the person is staff or freelance too.

But I would say this, if wanting to know the wages is the main reason to decide on whether to persue a career in radio or not, then you shouldn't really be considering a career in radio.

I take it Darren your donating your current time at hospital radio etc while your searching for f/t work, as the money is not an issue and you love radio so much?
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:01
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I wouldn't think presenters on LBC and top names ( which I'm not naming ) on Capital, Smooth, Magic, Real, and Heart etc are not on upto 300 a show?
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:23
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I take it Darren your donating your current time at hospital radio etc while your searching for f/t work, as the money is not an issue and you love radio so much?
Why should he and why is it any of our business how Darren spends his free time. After 16 years in the business and proving himself at quite a high level he's earned the right to be paid and paid quite well for his work. He has a lot of experience.

Someone just starting out doesn't have that and they need to get some experience, get a reputation aswell because attitude and your reputation are just as important as how you sound. Plenty of good presenters miss out on work because they have a bad reputation and of course in the early stages of your career you'll do well and improve your sound if you can take feedback and act on it.

As Darren said and I agree with this 100 % if your're choosing radio as a career solely based on money then you probably won't get to the stage where you're doing well at it. You need to have that passion for it.

I have worked with many broadcasters over the years and many earn what I consider to be very good money and almost every one has passion for the industry and in the early part of their career could have been earning far more in a 'proper' job. They stuck at it because they love it and spent ages working for peanuts when their mates were in good steady jobs with security and everything else. Now these people are reaping the rewards because they are very good and they still have that passion.

If you are older then starting at the bottom will be harder because you have financial commitments and need a certain wage. I can understand that and how frustrating it could be and community or hospital radio stations are full of people like this. They all have that passion.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:53
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I wouldn't think presenters on LBC and top names ( which I'm not naming ) on Capital, Smooth, Magic, Real, and Heart etc are not on upto 300 a show?
Pretty much most presenters on LBC will be on over 300, the exception is maybe Olly Mann.

A few years back Iain Lee said based on what he was getting paid he reckoned Ferris would easily be on 1k per a show.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:15
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I wouldn't think presenters on LBC and top names ( which I'm not naming ) on Capital, Smooth, Magic, Real, and Heart etc are not on upto 300 a show?
LBC, Capital and Magic London yeah, daytime Heart London/Network probably, Real Radio, no, local Heart/Capital stations nowhere near.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:56
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I take it Darren your donating your current time at hospital radio etc while your searching for f/t work, as the money is not an issue and you love radio so much?
You won't get very far at all with your attitude. People are trying to help you but because they aren't saying what you want them to you dismiss them or are rude.

I do shows on the radio still, I am just freelance now as opposed to staff where I worked since 1997.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:56
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Why should he and why is it any of our business how Darren spends his free time. After 16 years in the business and proving himself at quite a high level he's earned the right to be paid and paid quite well for his work. He has a lot of experience.

Someone just starting out doesn't have that and they need to get some experience, get a reputation aswell because attitude and your reputation are just as important as how you sound. Plenty of good presenters miss out on work because they have a bad reputation and of course in the early stages of your career you'll do well and improve your sound if you can take feedback and act on it.

As Darren said and I agree with this 100 % if your're choosing radio as a career solely based on money then you probably won't get to the stage where you're doing well at it. You need to have that passion for it.

I have worked with many broadcasters over the years and many earn what I consider to be very good money and almost every one has passion for the industry and in the early part of their career could have been earning far more in a 'proper' job. They stuck at it because they love it and spent ages working for peanuts when their mates were in good steady jobs with security and everything else. Now these people are reaping the rewards because they are very good and they still have that passion.

If you are older then starting at the bottom will be harder because you have financial commitments and need a certain wage. I can understand that and how frustrating it could be and community or hospital radio stations are full of people like this. They all have that passion.
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Old 04-09-2013, 13:19
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For your information none of the shows on Jackie are automated. We have live presenters 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
So please don't make spurious statements when you're clearly not aware of the facts.
Just an awful station name, puts me off listening to a station called JACKIE, a girls name!
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