Dutch minister slams presenter salaries

Pubcasters to more than halve some fees

AMSTERDAM -- Dutch culture minister Ronald Plasterk on Monday unveiled plans to cut the salaries of presenters working for public broadcasters in the Netherlands.

In his opinion, the maximum fee should be no more than 200,000 euros ($316,240) a year. Currently, an annual salary of 400,000 euros-500,000 euros ($632,480-$790,560) is paid to some of the better-known presenters, sports commentators and show hosts.

According to Plasterk, these salaries, supplied by Dutch taxpayers, should not exceed by too much the salary of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who earns 180,000 euros ($284,600) a year.