BBC Solves Its Gender Pay Gap By Limiting What People Can Earn

Jan 31, 2018, 04:21
BBC Solves Its Gender Pay Gap By Limiting What People Can Earn

The plan comes after a review, carried out by auditor PwC, found there was no evidence of gender bias in the United Kingdom pubcaster's pay decision-making.

London, Jan 30 The BBC proposed a 320,000 pound (USD 449,000) pay cap for news reporters and anchors today as the taxpayer-funded corporation tries to narrow the gap between men and women.

In July previous year, BBC published a list of 96 corporation journalists who were charging over 150,000 pounds (171,000 euros) annually. In her open letter to BBC viewers, she said that her former employer "is breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure". "This is not uncommon for a highly skilled and diverse group of this type, but it falls below the high standards that the BBC sets for itself and which the licence fee paying public expect".

But today a review commissioned by the BBC found that there has been "no gender bias" in decision making about, although there were some anomalies.

On air, there will be substantial pay cuts for some men, and pay rises for some men and women.

"Women, which is made up of 170 broadcasters and presenters, said in a statement: "[The review] has been focused on news and news-related areas, therefore excluding some high earners.

Lord Hall told Newman: "I don't believe there has been illegality in the BBC to the point where someone said you're a woman therefore you're going to be paid less".

Broadcasters John Humphrys, Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine have agreed to reduce their salaries.

It comes after women at the BBC have said they had faced "veiled threats" while trying to broach the subject of equal pay.

"Through the year, we will continue to make changes to our on-air lineups at a faster rate", the BBC said.

BBC director general Tony Hall is set to answer questions on the gender pay gap in the digital, culture, media and sports committee of the British parliament's House of Commons on Wednesday. "Those are big, bold commitments I'm really serious about".

Women have been speaking out on not receiving as much pay as their male counterparts in recent months after the BBC published the salaries of their anchors last June.

"Two men with no broadcasting experience who had also been given trial shifts presenting the programme during the search for a new presenter were paid 25% more per programme".

The broadcaster is preparing to publish, on Tuesday, a long-awaited review into pay arrangements for on-air presenters, editors and correspondents.

Lord Hall told Channel 4 News's Cathy Newman, when asked if he has taken a pay cut: "No I haven't".

Senior female BBC journalists have made clear that they are unhappy with the status quo and also doubtful about the PricewaterhouseCoopers report, saying they were skeptical about whether the proposals would go far enough. "Since raising the issue of equal pay I have been offered £650 which is still a long way short of equal pay".

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