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Hyer's Highlights: BBC Salaries

23rd July 2017 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: BBC Salaries

A BBC annual report has revealed the salaries of 96 of its best paid stars, with Chris Evans and Gary Linekar topping the list with wages of around two million pounds annually.

The main controversy was the gender pay gap; there was a £1.5 m difference between the highest paid man and woman.


The debate about whether revealing BBC pay was the right thing to do has split public opinion. Former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale argued that “if somebody is earning the equivalent of 1,000 households’ licence fees put together, then the licence fee payer deserves to know.”

Yet the counter point is that this being made public knowledge will only serve to inflate wages further, and this will act as a poacher’s charter, taking talent away from the broadcasting corporation.


Listener Maximillian feels the public deserves more transparency and talent should be paid less, here's what Benji Hyer had to say in response.

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Benji Hyer on BBC Salaries

Benji Hyer replies to listener Maximilian who feels the public deserves more transparency and talent should be paid less. (6 minutes)

Hyer's Highlights: What's Next for Islamic State?

16th July 2017 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: What's Next for Islamic State?

It is almost exactly three years since the so-called Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed a caliphate following an ISIS sweep through large areas of Iraq and Syria.


Yet on Monday, Islamic State was evicted from the last parcel of land that it controlled in the city of Mosul. A battle that began 266 days ago has finally concluded with intense house-to-house fighting and a last stand which finally liberated the city.

But, the good does from Mosul does not prove the end of ISIS. The jihadists may be losing their territorial bases; however, their warped ideology has not been vanquished.


Benji Hyer asked listeners if the loss in Mosul spells the end of the jihadi terrorist organisation. Here’s what listener Jessica thinks should happen to truly get rid of ISIS.

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Benji Hyer on What's Next for ISIS

Benji Hyer replies to listener Jessica who thinks she knows  what truly needs to happen to get rid of ISIS. (4 minutes)

Hyer's Highlights: Tuition Fees

16th July 2017 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Tuition Fees

This is only going to end one way” writes Lord Adonis, Labour peer and one of the architects of an earlier version of tuition fees as Tony Blair’s former heads of policy.

Almost no-one inside or outside government thinks that tuition fees will survive. In my view, fees have now become so politically diseased that they should be abolished entirely.


The debate surrounding tuition fees has re-entered the headlines and there seems to have been a huge sea-change in attitudes surrounding the topic, particularly after the new “indefensible” interest rates of 6.1% on loans. Indeed, Jeremy Corbyn fought much of his election campaign on the promise to scrap fees entirely and write-off all student debt to the tune of a staggering £76bn.

The system is broken. Students can hardly afford to pay of the fees as they rise with inflation.


Listener Harry messaged in to say that the current model is still fair, but Benji Hyer failed to agree.

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Benji Hyer on Tuition Fees

Benji Hyer replies to listener Harry who feels that the current tuition fee model is fair. (4 minutes)