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East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has said the publication of top earners within the BBC will be viewed by those over 75s losing their free tv licences as a demonstration of where the corporations' priorities lie.

The DUP MP said,

"It has been evident for some time that the BBC is increasingly out of touch with its audience, and particularly older people who rely more on traditional media channels. Those over-75s who have had their free tv licence stripped from them may have most to say about publication of the corporation's elite earners.

Many of them will see it as a clear indication of where the BBC's priorities lie.

The focus today will rightly be on some of the huge salaries paid to individuals, the new DG must ensure that where BBC staff also have their own companies that profit from commissioning contracts from the BBC that public scrutiny is introduced here also. The public are forced to pay for this service, genuine reform begins with total rather than partial transparency.”