Nick Knowles defends his £349,000 salary as he compares himself to a top footballer

Nick Knowles defends his £349,000 salary as he compares himself to a top footballer

Nick Knowles has fiercely defend his £349,000 a year salary after he was revealed as one of the best paid men on the BBC.

The presenter – who will return to screens tonight for the 11th series of quiz show Who Dares Wins – says broadcasters’ big salaries are as justifiable as top footballers.

Nick, 55, told The Sun: “It is essentially a Premier League team paying a striker to score them 20 goals and keep them in the Premiership so that they can get another £100million — and that’s exactly what we do.”

Nick Knowles has presented DIY SOS since 1999 (Image: Manchester Evening News)

The presenter – who has also fronted DIY SOS since 1999 – added: “If you hire a presenter that actually carries a number of viewers with them, it’ll get five and a half million viewers, it’ll get another series and they’ll get another half a million pounds worth of business – so it’s a good bit of business.

“Anybody who earns a lot takes some explaining to people that don’t, and we live in an imperfect world where somebody who sings songs for a living makes more than a heart surgeon.”

Nick’s comments come less than a month after it was claimed he may face a hefty six-figure bill as HMRC moves to investigate hundreds of BBC presenters for alleged tax avoidance.

Nick also hosts Who Dares Wins (Image: WARNING: Use of this copyright image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures’ Digital Picture Service (BBC Pictures) as s)

The 55 DIY SOS star is said to be among hundreds of TV stars who are currently being investigated by authorities.

The Daily Star On Sunday reported at least 100 past and present BBC presenters are under investigation, including Nick, as many TV hosts were able to minimise their tax bills by using personal service companies to register as self-employed.

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