Entertainers are paid 'far too much', declares Bruce Forsyth as he admits to taking a pay cut


Entertainers in Britain are paid 'far too much', veteran TV presenter Bruce Forsyth has declared after agreeing to a 25 per cent pay cut.

The Strictly Come Dancing presenter is one of several stars at the broadcaster to agree to lower wages in the wake of the recession.

Forsyth, who will return to screens for the latest season of Strictly on September 19, told Newsnight: 'It's a good thing to cap the salaries and I think it should have probably been done a long time ago.'

That's showbiz: Bruce Forsyth said staff at the BBC had accepted pay cuts with goodwill

That's showbiz: Bruce Forsyth said staff at the BBC had accepted pay cuts with goodwill

Forsyth said he believed entertainers were paid 'far too much,' and said BBC staff had taken the cut with 'goodwill because these are very, very hard times'.

The 81-year-old will take a 25 per cent pay cut, taking his salary for the upcoming series to about £500,000.

His comments come a day after top executives at the BBC admitted the corporation may have to shrink in size.

BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons has ordered a review of the corporation's budget, and said in an open letter to licence fee payers that the BBC could become 'smaller.'

The BBC announced £400million in 'painful cuts and reductions' in March, and said it would slash stars' salaries and clamp down on expenses.

The wages of Jonathan Ross, Jeremy Clarkson and Chris Moyles have also taken a hit.



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