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New BBC boss to clamp down and shame top presenters cashing in on outside earnings

THE BBC’s new boss will clamp down on presenters cashing in and working for private companies or hosting posh corporate events.

Tim Davie, who is replacing outgoing chief Lord Tony Hall, is considering making corporation stars declare any outside earnings.

According to The Sunday Times, Davie wants to “shame” presenters to stop them taking on the lucrative extra work.

It comes after the corporation faced a backlash over the decision not to sing Rule Britannia! at The Proms.

Presenters including Question Time host Fiona Bruce, BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty, North America editor, Jon Sopel, and business editor, Simon Jack, have been slammed for taking on extra private work.

According to the agency Speaking Associates, Munchetty earns £10,000 a time to host or moderate private events on top of her £190,000 a year BBC salary.

Fiona Bruce, who earns an estimated £800,000 a year reportedly charged up to £25,000 as an after dinner speaker.

Insiders have signalled that ex-marketing executive Davie, who takes the reins on Tuesday, is also considering reversing the decision not to sing Rule, Britannia! at the audience free event .

An insider said: “Tim’s immediate priority will be to undo the terrible damage done by Tony. 

“Tim has a chance to do a big, crowd-pleasing U-turn on a policy that is wildly unpopular.

“Tim has already insisted on an announcement making clear that Rule Britannia will be sung at next year’s Proms

“With Tony gone, he now has a chance to do a big, crowd-pleasing U-turn on a policy that is wildly unpopular.”

The BBC said that conductor Dalia Stasevska wanted to pull Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory from The Proms. 

But the corporation said “artistic reasons” were behind the decision amid claims it acted over the song’s links to our colonial past.

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