Nice work if you can get it; Alex Mahon, chief executive of Channel 4, has seen her salary rise by around £50,000 to almost £1m – more than double what Tim Davie, the director-general of the BBC, receives, says David Sanderson in The Times.

Together, the three most senior figures at the publicly-owned broadcaster earned £2.1m “during a year in which advertising jobs and sales slumped across the industry”.

Last year, Channel 4 predicted a 10% drop in its revenues due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, which led to the furloughing of staff and the cancellation of productions.

Nevertheless, all three figures were awarded their maximum bonuses in light of what Channel 4’s chairman Charles Gurassa said was their “stellar performance” in terms of larger audiences and digital growth.

The government is soon to launch a public consultation on the channel’s future, including possible privatisation.

Kris Paterson is a writer for