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Former political editor Andrew Marr also came out fighting and defended his £400,000-a-year salary and said: 'I have been offered deals by the BBC's commercial rivals at a higher rate'.Other BBC insiders say that publishing the salary details is going to push up salaries or see talent leave for rivals.
Sitting alongside co-presenter Jo Coburn, who was not included on the list, he said: 'The BBC has published details of on-screen talent, which you may be surprised to know includes me - as on-screen talent.'Discussing a sports segment on the programme, Neil joked: 'Is Gary Lineker coming on to do this bit?
The One Show's Alex Jones is joint ninth in the top ten - and is the only other woman in there.