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Get your hankies out for this one guys

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a1236 ... -cuts.html

A group of veteran Coronation Street stars have been told to expect massive pay cuts, according to a report.

Betty Driver (Betty Williams), Barbara Knox (Rita Sullivan), Malcolm Hebden (Norris Cole) and Eileen Derbyshire (Emily Bishop) will start to be paid on a scene-by-scene basis within the next few weeks, the Sunday Mirror claims.

The cast members currently receive between £180,000 and £250,000 per year. However, under the new arrangement, the stars' pay rates would only reach their former levels when the actors are involved in high-profile storylines.

An insider told the newspaper: "It's an absolute disgrace. These stars have given their heart and soul to Corrie over the years. None of them expect to be - or have the energy to be - at the centre of huge ratings-busting plots.

"Betty's nearly 90, Eileen and Barbara are in their 70s and Malcolm Hebden is 68. Instead of being rewarded for their contribution, they are being treated little better than extras."


A Coronation Street spokeswoman confirmed: "It is the season when a lot of the older stars will start negotiations for next year. But we do not discuss artists' payments or contracts."

The news follows reports that Bev Callard, better known as Liz MacDonald on the soap, is facing a 40% salary cut.


Really at the age those actors are they should consider themselves lucky that they can earn that much money a year, there are many of the same age who wish their pensions were even half of what they receive.

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I agree, they will probably get paid a fair bit still, while theres old people out there, who will die in their houses this Winter, due to not having enough money to pay for the heating

and this bunch of rich fools think their life is so hard now



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My heart bleeds for em.

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article wrote:....they are being treated little better than extras.


Yeah right. :roll:

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smeggypants wrote:
article wrote:....they are being treated little better than extras.


Yeah right. :roll:



A roll eyes from me too. :roll: I knew a wealthy publican who 20-odd years ago when times were lean, was saying how he was having to pull his belt in :eek4: . For him this meant reducing his hols from 4 trips abroad to 2, and not buying any more Savile Row suits or handmade shoes for a while. :chin:

The saying " one half of the world doesn't know how the other half is living", was never more true than in that article. As Chewy says people are experiencing really hard times, and abroad the plight of thousands is even grimmer.

I say they should thank God they have an easy wicket and keep their heads down. Since when have mediocre actors warranted such plump pay packets? Surgeons...yes. Corrie/EE actors...no.

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Jeez, Is Betty Turpin still serving hot-pot at The Rovers?

She'll have to make do with state pension and her free TV licence. :):

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Betty hardly ever appears in it.



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Is Betty still alive?

And will Ken be in corrie when he's 110 ?

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Never fails to astonish me how so many millions of people watch the mindless unrealistic drivel that is soaps..all of them. UK and Aus ones.Absolute tripe and an insult to intelligence even if intended as "escapism"..escapism from what- exactly ?



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Gutlesswonder wrote:.Absolute tripe and an insult to intelligence even if intended as "escapism"..escapism from what- exactly ?


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Barney Gumble wrote:Bring back Mavis!!


And Derek!! :) :)

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