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

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Acquisition activity in Europe focused on TV businesses in 2012. U.K. TV giant ITV agreed to acquire Graham Norton's So Television, Norwegian firm Mediacircus and Finland's Tarinatalo before agreeing to buy a majority stake in U.S. producer Gurney just before Christmas. German TV networks group ProSiebenSat.1 acquired majority stakes in British indie Nerd and Israeli producer July August Productions, among others. And U.S. cable channel powerhouse Discovery Communications late in the year won the auction for the Scandinavian assets of ProSieben in a $1.7 billion deal, while finalizing a $240 million investment in France's TF1 in return for a 20 percent stake in the Eurosport and other networks.

The Irish comedian co-founded So Television, which produces such shows as "The Graham Norton Show."

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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