BBC 'to introduce news presenter pay cap of £320000'

Jon Howard
January 31, 2018

The review said there was a "lack of clarity and openness about the basis for pay decisions" at the broadcaster.

A veteran radio star was labeled "aggressive" after asking for a raise and was later told: "The BBC doesn't do equal pay". "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".

"Today's report does not find evidence of gender bias in decision-making, but it shows that we have real and important issues to tackle, particularly in some areas of news and current affairs", said Tony Hall, director general of the BBC.

The hearing is likely to be uncomfortable for the BBC, as it is scheduled to include testimony from Carrie Gracie, the China editor who resigned the post in protest after learning her male counterparts doing the same job earned much more. It said there was a 6.8 per cent pay gap between men and women in this group earning over £150,000.

Lord Hall has apologised to any BBC employee who has not been paid correctly, but said he believes that there has been no illegality regarding unfairness in pay.

He added: "The plans we're setting out today go further and are more important steps in modernising the BBC and making it fairer".

Also on the list is a sports broadcaster who says they have been employed by the BBC for "30 years, both staff and freelance".

Broadcasters John Humphrys, Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson, and Jeremy Vine have all reduced their salaries following the publicity surrounding the pay review. Britain's BBC could be doomed unless it makes radical changes, the head of its governing trust said on Sunday, after its director general quit to take the blame for the airing of false child sex abuse allegations against a former politician.

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The BBC said that it would be more transparent about what it pays its correspondents, and offer salaries in narrower bands.

It was ordered following revelations about the BBC's best-paid presenters past year, which prompted director general Tony Hall to promise to close the gender pay gap by 2020.

But its plan to address a gender pay gap revealed a year ago failed to satisfy many women employed by the BBC, who say they are paid less than men for the same work.

"We want to help women progress in their career and have set out ambitious targets to close the gender pay gap, as well as for half of roles on air and in senior management to be filled by women. Those are big, bold commitments I'm really serious about".

Although the disparity in the news department was not as great, three news presenters earned over £500,000 and all three were men.

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.

"Some of them as it happens are men and I'm sorry to them too".

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