BBC Cuts Pay of Male Journalists After 'Pay Gap' Outcry

The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie quit this month to protest what she called a failure to address the pay gap

It led to suggestions that the BBC's highest-earning male presenters could see their salaries slashed in order to reduce the corporation's gender pay gap.

"These are great journalists and presenters, who have a real connection with the audience".

Media institutions such as the BBC are creating systems which routinely discriminate against women and expecting their own employees to volunteer for pay cuts to clean up their own mess. He said: "Nor do we offer inferior contracts based on someone's gender or race".

"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".

The BBC said the review, which covers correspondents, presenters and on-air editors in news and news-related areas "found no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making, but identified a number of issues in relation to pay which have resulted in anomalies that need addressing".

Damian Collins MP, chair of the DCMS committee, said that the complaints from the Women group and the NUJ included those about "unlawful pay disparities on grounds of race, discrimination against women returning to work after periods of maternity leave, and discrimination against part-time workers and/or those who request flexible working".

Payment decisions were being made at a local level in light of the "absence of clear pay frameworks".

The BBC admits to a gender pay gap of 9 percent, meaning more men are in better paid jobs, but says this is narrower than the British average of 18 percent.

Another presenter of a high-profile news programme discovered she was paid "hundreds of thousands less than some of my colleagues" when the BBC's "talent list" of high earners was published and "no one has explained to me how such a discrepancy can be justified".


The move to ensure 50-50 gender representation on screen and radio will also be accelerated, with changes to the on-air lineup introduced at a faster rate.

A "backlash" over the BBC's pay review, a "dramatic" warning over a crackdown on speeding and a plea over social care funding top the news agenda on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, the Daily Telegraph reports that Government's former chief scientist has accused German car-makers of having "blood on their hands" after rigging diesel exhaust tests, while the Sun claims the "stretched" Royal Navy sent a "puny plastic boat" to intercept two Russian attack submarines.

Ahead of Tuesday's report, BBC Women submitted evidence to a parliamentary committee looking into issues of pay and equality.

"I would accept the premise of your question that we should have been onto this earlier", Unsworth replied.

Lord Hall said: "What is absolutely unacceptable in any workplace, is for someone to say "the BBC doesn't do equality or go away you're a woman" that is just not right and that is not the workplace that I want and that is not a workplace that I think woman should want either".

Director General Tony Hall announced the conclusion of the investigation, which was carried out by audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers amid a controversy surrounding the corporation after the China editor Carrie Gracie resigned from her post in protest over unequal pay between men and women at the BBC.

The BBC will now consult staff and unions and seek feedback on PwC's proposals before developing a final set of proposals with legal experts.

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