Equalities watchdog 'looking seriously' at concerns of BBC Women
Equalities watchdog 'looking seriously' at concerns of BBC Women
Top male BBC earners agree to pay cut after gender gap furor
01 February, 2018, 01:09
Ms. Gracie left her post in Beijing this month and returned to the BBC newsroom in London, where, she said, she would be "paid equally".
The women's group has provided 14 examples of both presenters and journalists who describe ir frustrating battles with managers after discovering that y were paid far less than men. "We're addressing unfairness in individuals' pay and want to close the gender pay gap and have women in half of our on-air roles by 2020".
On Tuesday night Lord Hall, who earns between £450,000 and £499,999, said he was "extremely well paid" but had not taken a pay cut.
A previous pay report, commissioned by the BBC, concluded there was no evidence of systemic gender discrimination.
DCMS Committee's evidence from BBC Women comes as the BBC prepares to publish a review into pay arrangements for on-air presenters, editors and correspondents on Tuesday.
The BBC has been trying to respond to a gender pay crisis that began after the release of presenters' salaries a year ago, exposing how few of the broadcaster's top-paid talent were women.
A BBC sport editor said she asked four men doing the same job at the broadcaster for their salary details.
Former BBC Scotland health correspondent Eleanor Bradford has claimed she was paid "around £10,000" less than some of her male colleagues in similar roles, prompting her to leave the BBC after almost 15 years.
A news programme presenter says that in "absolute terms I am well paid and I recognise and appreciate this", but says they discovered that, following last year's talent list salary reveal, they are reportedly paid "hundreds of thousands less than some of my colleagues".
"I would accept the premise of your question that we should have been onto this earlier", Unsworth replied.
The chair of the Commons select committee, Tory MP Damian Collins, released a statement suggesting the BBC had a "cultural problem" on its hands with regards to the way it pays women.
Despite cutting the pay of highly-paid male stars including John Humphrys, Jeremy Vine and Huw Edwards, the corporation will struggle to balance the books because so many staff now require pay increases.
She added that pay discrepancies may be present across the industry in different forms.
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