Lord Hall said: "Comparing people's pay is not straightforward".
Highest paid was Chris Evans, the presenter of Britain's most popular breakfast radio show who also hosted motoring programme "Top Gear" for one series, receiving up to 2.25 million pounds ($2.9 million) in 2016/17.
The highest paid stars are straight entertainers Chris Evans, with a salary of between £2,200,000 - £2,249,999, and Gary Lineker, with a pay bracket of £1,750,000 - £1,799,999.
"We anticipate a number of high-profile female employees will now be examining the figures and demanding an explanation as to why they are being paid less than their male colleagues". Match of the Day's Gary Lineker is the second highest earner, making £1.75-1.79m.
A statement from the BBC on the release of the statistics said: "On gender and diversity, the BBC is more diverse than the broadcasting industry and the civil service".
"We are a global broadcaster, we want to employ stars, we want to employ the very best presenters, correspondents", Hall said.
The state broadcaster "fought tooth and nail" to resist revealing the sums that licence fee payers are forking out to television personalities, a ministerial source told the Daily Mail.
A legal expert has predicted that the BBC could be hit with a wave of equal pay claims from female stars.
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Elsewhere in sport Sue Barker is the highest paid woman on £300,000 - £349,000, Gabby Logan is on £200,000 - £249,999, John Inverdale on £200,000 - £249,999, John McEnroe on £150,000 - £199,999 and Clare Balding on £150,000 - £199,999 a year.
"We appreciate we are dealing with the public money".
Women make up only one third of the top earners, with many in similar roles than men receiving significantly lower salaries. "We have set the most stretching targets in the industry for on-air diversity and we've made progress, but we recognize there is more to do and we are pushing further and faster than any other broadcaster". And it's already having an impact. "Of the top talent who are on the list [who] we have hired or promoted in the last three years, more than 60 per cent are women". "Talent salaries and wages will round upwards, they won't go down". However, it is well-known that Norton's annual pay check exceeds £2 million, with the rest coming from the production company for his chat show.
'They help make the BBC what it is.
The gender pay gap is very real on the BBC, it would seem, with The One Show co-presenters Matt Baker being paid more than Alex Jones.
In light of the pay revelations BBC boss Tony Hall has pledge to close the gender pay gap by 2020.
"I think this was a deliberate campaign to undermine and destabilise an institution that some self-interested parties would like to see weakened", he said, pointing to some politicians and executives at the BBC's privately owned rivals.