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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 May 2006, 11:44 GMT 12:44 UK
BBC governors to see big pay rise
BBC Chairman Michael Grade
BBC Chairman Michael Grade will get a 57,000 pay rise
Members of the BBC's board of governors will receive large pay rises when they become BBC Trustees in January.

Chairman Michael Grade will receive 140,000 a year for a four-day week, compared to a 82,946 salary in 2005-6.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport says the changes are in line with salaries at media regulatory body Ofcom and reflect Trustees' extra workload.

The changes follow the Hutton affair in 2003, which saw the resignations of the BBC's chairman and director-general.

Three members of the board of governors, as well as Mr Grade, will be staying on to take positions with the BBC Trust.

"The new Trust will be a completely different organisation with extra responsibilities and time commitments and the remuneration will reflect that," said a DCMS spokeswoman.

"We want to make sure that people interested in being Trust members are not put off by remuneration levels which do not cover the costs."

A new vice-chairman will receive 75,000 a year for two-and-a-half days a week, compared with 28,060 for a current workload of one-and-a-half days a week.

Trust representatives for the nations will get 40,000 for two days a week, a rise from 28,060 for a day and a half.

Other members who currently receive 15,963 for one-and-a-half days will now be paid 35,000 for two days.

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