The top earners at the ABC

Staff Writer

The Australian have today published details of who is earning the big bucks at the ABC.

At the top of the list is Managing Director Mark Scott on nearly $679,000 (minus bonuses) while their top on-air personality is Q&A and Lateline host Tony Jones on just over $355,000 per year.

When it comes to radio, their top earner is Director of Radio Kate Dundas who is on $298,207. The top earners on-air are 702ABC Sydney's Richard Glover on $290,000, 774ABC Melbourne's Jon Faine on $285,249 and Radio National's Breakfast host Fran Kelly on $255,000.

The information sourced by The Australian contains payroll information for the past five years so also includes staff no longer at the ABC.

See who earns what here and here.

Since the publication of the information earlier today, Mark Scott has sent an email to ABC staff saying in part:

“First and foremost, I want to apologise that information like this has not been securely managed…..Staff are entitled to be concerned and upset. I have asked for a full and complete investigation about how this highly confidential material was accessed.”

“Whilst the public might be curious about what particularly on-air talent earn, the ABC operates in a highly competitive media environment. For the ABC to be the only media organisation where salaries are revealed puts us at a significant disadvantage to our competitors."

"Aside from staffing matters, the ABC has many contractual matters around the provision of goods and services that are confidential, because public disclosure would be damaging to the ABC and put us at a disadvantage to everyone else. It would hurt our ability to manage the ABC efficiently and effectively. This seems uncontroversial.”

“I expect that if any organisation’s payroll was revealed, it would raise queries and questions……In some roles, particularly those with competitive market pressures, there are many reasons that go into setting a particular remuneration level.”

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