BBC admits one in eight staff are paid too much as wage bill for junior staff soars by £35 million in three years

The BBC has admitted overpaying one in eight of its employees and allowing the wage bill for junior staff to soar by £35 million in three years.

While the Corporation repeatedly boasts that it is cutting back on top-level salaries, new figures show it has simultaneously allowed its middle management to become increasingly bloated.

Thousands of employees now earn more than they are entitled to under the BBC’s own pay grade system, leading to accusations it is allowing costs to spiral out of control.