Asked about the likes of Gary Lineker still earning more than £1 million, despite taking a 23% pay cut, he said he would expect "people to come to the BBC at a significant discount to what they'd get in the open market".
The 49-year-old presenter - who hosts "The Radio 2 Breakfast Show" - has leapt to the top of the broadcaster's pay scale after her annual salary rose by £1 million.
"I see the value delivered by a small group of exceptional broadcasters is very high", Davie said. "That's a question for Gary", he said.
Impartiality can not be "endangered by the wrong use of social media and there are no exceptions to that", he said.
In good news for those campaigning to close the gender-pay gap, four women now feature in the list.
And Graham Norton is on at least £725,000 - a rise of around £115,000.
"We will continue to press the BBC on how well the license fee payer is served as part of our ongoing inquiry into the role of public service broadcasting in this digital age", Knight added.
Host of Radio 2's Steve Wright in the Afternoon and Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs.
Newsreader and election night presenter Huw Edwards is on more than £465,000.
BBC Radio London's Vanessa Feltz is on about £405,000.
Topping the list is former footballer turned pundit Gary Lineker, who earned a cool €1.9m for his work on popular shows like Match of the Day and the Premier League.
Broadcaster Stephen Nolan is on more than £390,000 for his radio work, including 5 Live.
The BBC previously opposed the publication of salaries as a "poacher's charter", but then-boss Lord Hall later said he welcomed the "transparency".
The BBC publishes its highest earners last as part at its annual report, which was released today.
The BBC began means-testing the free TV licence for over-75s in August, having previously delayed its introduction because of the pandemic.