PUBLISHED: 11:01, Mon, Sep 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:01, Mon, Sep 28, 2020
BBC Radio 2 presenter Zoe Ball, 49, who was this month named the BBC's highest-paid star, reportedly felt so "uncomfortable" being rewarded a "very big" pay rise of £1 million, she is believed to have requested a "pay cut" during the current climate of coronavirus. The Strictly: It Takes Two presenter took over from Chris Evans last year.
She has felt increasingly uncomfortable
It has been reported the negotiations over Zoe's pay cut will begin with the BBC in the "coming weeks".
If all goes to plan, her wage rankings will drop below Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, 59, despite his salary being reduced by £400,000.
Gary was the BBC's top earner in the financial year of 2019-2020, but has now agreed to a deal for less.
Speaking about Zoe's decision for her pay to be cut, a source said: "Zoe was given a very big pay rise when she took on the job because the gender pay row at the BBC was raging and she was replacing a man on a big wage in a high-profile job.
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Zoe Ball requests pay cut from bbc radio 2 (Image: PA)
Zoe Ball felt 'uncomfortable' with £1 million pay rise (Image: PA)
“She has always been thankful for the wage she earns, and she does work very hard, getting up at 4am daily and putting in long hours."
The BBC source continued: "But in the current climate, and during a pandemic, she has felt increasingly uncomfortable about how much she earns so has requested that it is reduced.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC and Zoe Ball's representatives for comment.
Zoe was announced as the BBC's newest