Presenter Fiona Bruce, 56, tipped to make BBC's top 10 rich list as Question Time role could push her pay past £400k

FIONA Bruce has been tipped to make the BBC's top 10 rich list after her new Question Time role could push her pay to £400,000.

The 56-year-old presenter is one of four women likely to be listed as BBC bosses hope to reach an equal gender split this year.

The latest figures, which cover 2019/20, are set to prove that female journalists and presenters are moving closer to wage equality.

Last year it was revealed that Fiona was earning up to £259,999 for her work on BBC1 – but this only included ten episodes of Question Time.

Her pay could now top £400,000, but it's unclear whether her work on Antiques Roadshow was included in this.

Based on pay analysis and information from industry sources, Miss Bruce will appear in the top 10 on the back of a full year of pay as the host of Question Time.

Just four years ago, just 25 per cent of those earning more than £150,000 were women, the figures show it is now 45 per cent.

The BBC will release salary figures next week.

Highly-paid male stars have taken sizeable pay cuts, while some women have reaped larger rewards.

She is hosting Question Time in the most politically active moment in the past 20 years. She is worth every penny.

A TV industry insider told the Mail: "She is one of the best presenters around.

"She is hosting Question Time in the most politically active moment in the past 20 years. She is worth every penny."

Last year three women made the top 10

, but they were all on the lower end of the scale.

The top 10 positions were taken up by nine men and three women – including those who were in joint positions.

The highest paid was Gary Lineker, who made a staggering £1.75million for his work on Match of the Day.

Claudia Winkleman and Zoe Ball were the top two female presenters – both earning £374,999.

Miss Ball's wage included 30 editions of Radio 2 Breakfast Show and 40 episodes of Saturday afternoon show.

This year she could be in the top five, thanks to her breakfast show.

Last year, Vanessa Feltz made joint tenth position with sports presenter Jason Mohammad – earning £359,999.

Alongside Miss Bruce, there are rumours that Emily Maitlis could make top 10 too.

Lauren Laverne, who works on Desert Island Discs was among the highest female stars last year, earning up to £309,999.

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