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BBC Trust chairman's pay to be cut by 25 per cent

Following criticism for paying its current chairman, Sir Michael Lyons, more than the PM, the BBC is

The BBC is likely to slash the pay of the Trust's new chairman by about 25 per cent of what the current chairman draws.

Sir Michael Lyons, who is leaving the corporation in April, has been getting a base salary of £143,000. However, the new chairman will be paid only £110,000 for a four-day working week.

The move comes after the culture secretary Jeremy Hunt had fixed annual take-home earnings for the head of BBC Trust at £110,000 for a four-day working week.

The cut also ensures that the pro-rata pay of the chairman will not be more than that of the prime minister's £142,500 salary.

The BBC has been criticised for paying Sir Lyons more than Cameron.

The corporation has advertised for the post and applications are expected to reach the BBC by 12 November. Interviews will be held in January.