Wossy doesn’t deserve his wages, says poll

Fewer than one in 10 people believe Jonathan Ross, Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan are worth their big TV deals, according to a new poll.

The survey of 2,000 people found 80 per cent thought TV stars should have their salaries slashed.

Only nine per cent of people believed Jonathan Ross – who was suspended for three months after making prank phone calls to Andrew Sachs but held onto his job with the BBC – deserves his wages.

The same amount of people also thought X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent star Simon Cowell and Big Brother host Davina McCall deserve their pay cheques.

But the news was worse for Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan, as just six per cent of people believed he’s worth his wages.

In contrast, around a third of the public thought QI host Stephen Fry and renowned globetrotter Michael Palin are good value for money.

The BBC has come under fire for refusing to release details of the individual salaries it pays to talent.

The poll found 82 per cent believe the pay of the BBC’s stars should be made public. And 76 per cent think there should be a cap on what the corporation can pay celebrities.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We remain sensitive to the public’s view that we should not pay more than is necessary and we are committed to even greater transparency and accountability to Licence Fee payers.

“We have already begun to reduce the amount we pay top stars and in future we will disclose the total amount we spend on talent each year while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.”

The YouGov poll was commissioned to coincide with the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

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