Sunday World reveals Stephen Nolan's whopping salary

Stephen Nolan
Stephen Nolan

BBC heavyweight Stephen Nolan is banking a whopping £300,000 (€347,117) a year from the BBC, we can reveal.

The motor-mouth talk show presenter loves a bacon sandwich but can finally confirm just how much bacon he’s making out of the publicly-funded Beeb.

The workaholic’s salary has been one of life’s unanswered questions but BBC sources have confirmed to the Sunday World that the 43-year-old is bringing home well over a quarter of a million each year.

His bulging pay packet has been the subject of debate for years with the former Citybeat DJ consistently stating that it’s up to the BBC to reveal what he earns if they choose.

They have always steadfastly refused to do so but his pay could be made public next summer under new government proposals which state that all BBC personnel earning over £150,000 should be named.

Last night Nolan, who lives in a £1m mansion on Strangford Lough, refused to confirm or deny the figure when we put it to him and repeated that it was up to the BBC to reveal what he earned.

But the figure of £300,000, which equates to just over £800-per-day, is accurate and will lead to a debate about whether licence fee payers are getting value for money.

The average salary in Northern Ireland is currently just under £22,000 meaning Nolan is bringing home almost 15 times that amount but given how many hours he works – often seven days a week – he will feel he’s worth every penny.

It means Nolan, originally from the Ballygomartin area of north Belfast, must be the highest paid locally-based BBC employee – and earns twice the £150,000 earned by the controller of BBC NI, Peter Johnston.

The figure includes all the three main strands of work he does for the Beeb – his Radio Ulster show, his local TV show and his network radio work on BBC Five Live.

It’s understood he could earn even more when one-off TV documentaries are added into the equation.

Local media analyst and PR guru Tony Axon said he felt the figure was fair given the hours Nolan dedicates to his job.

“Stephen Nolan’s output and work-rate is phenomenal when you consider the amount of time he is on air both nationally and locally,” said Mr Axon from Belfast PR firm Navigator Blue.

“What’s more he deals with the type of programmes which are very work-intensive in that they require a lot of background work and investigation.

“Nolan is tireless in his attitude towards his shows and when you work as many hours as he does then you have to pay the market rate.”

He added: “If you are telling me he’s getting £300,000 a year then I’d say that it’s a fair enough deal for the effort he puts in.”

Nolan is on record as saying: “I started off with nothing and you know what I’m trying to do? I’m trying to be successful as I can.”

But the radio star, who has publicly been battling with weight issues for years, doesn’t seem to spend his wages on a champagne lifestyle.

He does however cherish his private life and in keeping with that he lives in a purpose-built mansion on the shores of Strangford Lough, which he often refers to on his shows as Fantasy Island.

His most recent accounts showed he was worth almost £1.5 million.

Accounts filed at Companies House recently for the year to last August for Stephen Nolan Broadcasting Ltd reveal that his total assets are valued at £1,452,846.

That compares to £1,203,779 posted for the previous accounting year. As well as fronting the Nolan Show on Radio Ulster he travels to England every week for his Radio 5 Live programme and TV work includes Nolan Live as well as Radio Face.

He is also a partner in the Invicta Film Partnership No23 LLP, after being appointed in 2006 although money he earns form that is not connected to his BBC pay packet.

Last year Nolan celebrated 10 years presenting the Nolan Show on Radio Ulster which is where he made his name

having initially begged the BBC for a job while he was starting to make waves on Citybeat.

His salary has been the topic of conversation among the contributors to the Nolan Show, and in particular by politicians looking for a bit of revenge.

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