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Ex BBC presenter Dan Walker reveals he isn’t comfortable with being ‘paid a lot to do the job I love’

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‘I’m ashamed of the sums of money I make’: Former BBC presenter Dan Walker – who had a salary of £295,000 at the Corporation – reveals he feels uneasy about ‘being paid a lot to do a job where I love’

  • Dan Walker’s salary made him one of the BBC’s top 20 earners
  • The former BBC breakfast host said he comes from a humble background where his parents had ‘no money’ and his clothes were ‘discarded’
  • Walker said he feels ‘uncomfortable’ about how much money he gets for his job

To be His impressive salary made him one of the top 20 earners at the BBC.

Now, as he prepares to see his income balloon with a new Channel 5 role, Dan Walker claims he feels “embarrassed” at the amount of money he makes.

The former BBC Breakfast presenter said he comes from a humble background where his parents had ‘no money’ and his clothes were ‘discarded’.

He added that he was also well aware that in the current climate many people, including some of his own relatives, were struggling to put three meals a day on the table.

Now, as he prepares to see his income balloon with a new Channel 5 role, Dan Walker claims he feels ’embarrassed’ at the amount of money he makes

Speaking to Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine, former Football Focus presenter Walker said: ‘I hate talking about money. I feel uncomfortable getting paid a lot for the work I enjoy.

‘I remember the first day a national newspaper put what I earned on the front page. That was terrible.’

The 45-year-old added: ‘I am ashamed of the amount I am earning. My parents had no money to grow up. All my clothes were hand-me-downs. At a time when people struggle to get food on the table, having your paycheck on the front page is terrible.

“I’m aware that even people in my family find it hard to budget for three meals a day now, the end of the month is approaching and it’s beans on toast again. I understand that’s real heartache. I have been there.’

The former BBC Breakfast presenter said he comes from a humble background where his parents had 'no money' and his clothes were 'discarded'.  Pictured: Dan Walker with Nadiya Bychkova in Strictly Come Dancing

The former BBC Breakfast presenter said he comes from a humble background where his parents had ‘no money’ and his clothes were ‘discarded’. Pictured: Dan Walker with Nadiya Bychkova in Strictly Come Dancing

In the BBC’s most recent list of the highest paid stars, published last July, Walker was ranked 18th with a salary of £295,000. Top was Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, who made £1.3 million. Walker, who starred in the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, announced in April that he was leaving BBC Breakfast to join Channel 5 News.

He will also host a series of shows on Channel 5, which could reportedly earn £1.5million in three years, a figure he declined to confirm or deny.

  • 5 News with Dan Walker begins Monday, June 6 at 5 p.m. on channel 5.

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