BBC's Graham Norton Earned $7.3 Million-Plus in Latest Year

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LONDON - BBC star Graham Norton made £2.55 million ($4.1 million) in the year ended July 2011 from his production firm So Television, up 28 percent from the prior year, the Guardian reported, citing financial filings.

Including his £2 million ($3.2 million) a year BBC deal, Norton earned at least £4.55 million ($7.3 million).

The Irish comedian co-founded So Television, which produces shows such as The Graham Norton Show, which has aired on public broadcaster BBC for a decade, and Would You Rather...? with Graham Norton. Both air on BBC America in the U.S.

His earnings from So Television for the latest fiscal year include a £400,000 dividend ($645,900).

Norton is likely to have made even more. The Guardian said the total salary for So Television's three directors amounted to £622,467 ($1 million), but the company didn't provide a break down of who received what amount.

Norton co-owns the firm with Graham Stuart and work with Jon Magnusson who serves as series producer on The Graham Norton Show.

So Television reported a pre-tax profit gain of 42 percent to £1.22 million ($1.97 million) on revenue of £11.9 million ($19.2 million), up 37 percent, according to the Guardian.

BBC America late last year doubled down on Norton. It started airing Would You Rather…? and shortened the U.S. delay of his long-running talk show from a week to 24 hours.

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