BBC chief Tim Davie given £75k pay rise after over-75s lost free TV licences

BBC chief Tim Davie has been given a huge £75,000 pay rise — just after over-75s lost free TV licences.

MPs blasted the increase from £450,000 to £525,000 — an inflation-busting 16.6 per cent.

The director general’s profile on the BBC website has been discreetly updated to show the rise.

It comes despite widespread job losses at the BBC and Mr Davie — who has only been in the role for a year — overseeing many millions of pounds of cuts.

In comparison, Boris Johnson earns around £160,000 as PM.

Tory MP Nigel Mills fumed: “The public’s view could not be clearer — salaries for top executives and stars are too high at the BBC.

“The idea the person running the BBC earns nearly four times as much as the Prime Minister is baffling. It’s impossible to justify.”

Mr Mills said the pay rise has been funded by scrapping free licence fees for older people who now have to pay the £157.50 annual cost.

He added: “There is no doubt that would have helped. When you’re taking money from the over-75s for your service, you should look closely at where that goes.”

A senior government figure said: “The BBC must realise it’s going to have to be more transparent about how it spends the licence fee in the coming years.”

A BBC spokesman said Mr Davie’s salary was “well below the market rate for this type of role”, adding Carolyn McCall at ITV is paid £833,000, and Alex Mahon at Channel 4 earns £991,000.

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