Steph McGovern speaks out on 'eye-opening' pay checks since joining BBC: 'I was ...

Steph McGovern, 37, started her broadcasting career with work experience on the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World before going on to be a producer for the financial news segments on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.

She has worked as a reporter for BBC Breakfast since 2011.

In an unearthed interview from 2016, she spoke out on how being a celebrity had affected her financially.

Asked whether she had ever been paid “silly money per hour” for a job, the presenter told ThisIsMoney.co.uk: “Since becoming a BBC Breakfast presenter I have been paid four-figure sums for doing hour-long speeches for associations and at awards dinners.

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“That has been an eye-opener,” Steph admitted.

“I am surprised by how much people are willing to pay TV celebrities to do that kind of stuff.”

She went on to say 2015 was the best year of her life in terms of making money, explaining: “Not because of my BBC salary - that has not changed for several years - but because of al the extra shows I have been doing and the speeches.

“I spent some of the money I made on a holiday to Cuba and used some of it to pay my tax bill early,” she revealed.

“I am so paranoid - I had already pretty much aid my 2015-16 tax bill even before the tax year had ended.”

In addition to her work on BBC Breakfast, Steph is known for presenting Shop Well for Less and Watchdog.

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