Broadcaster reviewing employee payment after global outrage — BBC gender gap

Lloyd Doyle
September 6, 2017

He said it had also launched an audit of equal pay covering UK-based staff, which was being carried out by the law firm Eversheds and auditors PwC.

He said it would "make sure that, where there are differences in pay, they're justified", adding: "If it throws up issues, we'll deal with them immediately".

There was no reaction from the presenter, whom it emerged was the BBC's highest paid journalist on up to £750,000 a year, dwarfing the salary of Fiona Bruce, the highest paid woman journalist who earns up to £400,000.

"That doesn't mean we should be complacent about it, and I'm determined to close the gap - a commitment I don't think any other organisation in the country has made".

He said: "There are more things on the table - from the way we recruit, to the way we promote, to the way you can raise questions".

"You'll see changes over the coming months".

"These are hard and often deep-rooted challenges".

"I want to assure you that I'm personally committed to making these changes".


Hall has pledged to end the gender pay gap at the BBC by 2020.

Funded by a licence fee levied from TV viewers in Britain, the BBC reaches 95 percent of British adults every week and a global audience of 372 million with its huge range of news and current affairs, entertainment, drama and comedy programmes.

Presenters Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire and Angela Rippon were among a number of women who put their names to a frank open letter to director general Tony Hall, urging him to "correct this disparity" over gender pay.

Some of the BBC's top female stars have demanded the release of data showing the true picture of the gender pay gap at the Corporation in order to "rectify injustices before the end of the year".

"The director general must be in no doubt about how serious an issue equal and fair pay is for women across the organisation", said a group of female BBC employees including high-profile TV and radio presenters.

They called for "full transparency", concluding: "We will be monitoring developments to ensure real change happens, and quickly".

After the speech was delivered, Razia Iqbal, a Radio 4 presenter, even goaded Jeremy Vine asking if he would retweet the statement "in solidarity with BBC women".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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