BBC’s stalwart John Simpson earns over £20,000 from speaking engagements in 2 days

John Simpson, a seasoned foreign journalist for the BBC, earned more than £20,000 in two days from appearances at public speaking engagements.

The corporation’s world affairs editor, Mr. Simpson, 78, received more than £10,000 for speaking at the Gastech 2022 conference for the energy sector in September.

The next day, he again received more than £10,000 to participate in a speaking position at an event hosted by the legal firm Doughty Street Chambers, according to the most recent information provided by the BBC.

In the most recent set of disclosures, which covers the three months from July to September, only the TV news journalist earned the highest sum, “Over £10k.”

According to the most recent reports, 78-year-old BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson made nearly £20,000 in two days from speaking engagements outside of the organization.

BBC Breakfast personality Naga Munchetty, who received this sum for hosting the Business Woman Awards, was among those making between £5,000 and £10,000 per year.

A “landmark event in the energy industry’s calendar,” according to the description of the Gastech conference. A “group of globally known” barristers with “a reputation for first-rate legal skill” make up Doughty Street Chambers.

According to the BBC, a total of 88 occasions in the most recent quarter saw 60 employees of the organization get compensation for freelance work.

Six journalists were in the second-highest group of “£5k-£10k,” but only Mr. Simpson was in the category of “above £10k.”

BBC Breakfast anchor Naga Munchetty, who received this sum for hosting the Business Woman Awards, was among those in the second-highest category. In addition to receiving a salary of up to £369,999 last year, Miss Munchetty received compensation of £1,000 to £5,000 for her work at The British Citizen Award.

Amol Rajan, who receives a salary from the BBC of up to £329,999, also made an appearance in the £5,000 to £10,000 range when he spoke for the news and publishing company Citywire.

Amol Rajan (left) and HARDtalk anchor Stephen Sackur (right) both featured in the £5,000 to £10,000 category when they spoke for the publication Citywire and moderated a panel for “Silicon Valley,” respectively.

Huw Edwards previously disclosed that he earned at least £25,000 a month for this kind of outside work in addition to his substantial BBC income.

Stephen Sackur, host of HARDtalk, was paid similarly when he served as a moderator for “Silicon Valley.”

Huw Edwards made at least £25,000 in one month for this kind of outside work, in addition to his substantial BBC income, according to a prior statement.

The BBC reported that the 88 occurrences in the most recent quarter were less than the 158 instances reported in the quarter before. From 101 staff members to 60 this time, fewer persons had declared these outside payments.

In the prior quarter, four people received more than £10,000. This quarter, just one person did.

According to a BBC representative, the “vast majority” (91%) of staff external events included payments of £5,000 or less, while 68% of all payments were under $1,000.