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BBC BOSS BIRT IN FAT CAT PAY ROW.

BEEB boss Sir John Birt is at the centre of another fat cat row after awarding himself an inflation-busting pay rise.

His pay and perks went up nine per cent, boosting his annual take home package from pounds 339,000 to pounds 387,000.

As part of the lucrative deal Sir John got a performance-related bonus of pounds 60,000.

BBC union official Gerry Morrisey said: "I think it's pay back time now. We go into pay negotiations on Monday.

"Senior management got huge rises last year and now they give Birt a further nine per cent this year. This is a very timely leak."

The latest pay hike means the director general's earnings have almost tripled in the last six years.

The annual report which is published next week show the average rise for top managers was 7.3 per cent.

But last year workers had to make do with a rise of just 2.8 per cent.
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Author:O'carroll, Lisa
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 9, 1998
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