The Huge Gender Pay Gap At The BBC Has Caused Outraged Reactions

The BBC has just released its list of top earners, and have divulged exactly what their annual salaries are, much to the outrage of the public…

The disparity in pay is causing controversy for the corporation – particularly because of the gap in pay between genders.

Claudia Winkleman is the highest-paid woman at the BBC, earning between £450,000 – £500,000. But the highest paid male at the BBC, Chris Evans, earned between £2.2 million and £2.5 million
in 2016/2017, for his various roles on the radio and his previous
job fronting the new-look Top Gear.

The gender pay gap was also notably different between The One Show
presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker. Despite fans pointing out that
the pair do almost the exact same job, Matt is said to earn
around £500,000, while Alex tails behind at £450,000.

The BBC
Breakfast presenters also seem to have fallen foul to the gender pay gap
too, with popular Louise Minchin and Sally Nugent not even making the
so-called ‘rich list’ – meaning their salaries don’t break the £150,000
threshold. However, the male co-star, Dan Walker, was included, as his
salary was revealed to be around £250,000.

Strictly Come Dancing also came under scrutiny. Former Head Judge Len Goodman, and famously eccentric judge Bruno
Tonoli, land themselves in the higher £200,000-£250,000 band. But the
third and fourth judges on the panel, Darcey Bussell and Craig
Revel-Horwood, receive between £150,000 and £200,000. The
salaries have been revealed in £50,000 segments, and so don’t reveal the
exact amounts stars are paid – but undeniably, the awkward differences
in pay between the Strictly Come Dancing presenters and judges is hard to miss*.

Interestingly, Alex
Jones and Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce (£350,000-£400,000) do
actually feature in the top 10 list of the BBC’s highest earners. But
largely, the list is made up of male employees, including Gary Lineker,
earning somewhere between £1.75m-£1.8m, Graham Norton, with between
£850,000 and £900,000, Jeremy Vine, earning around £700,000-£750,000,
and Huw Edwards, earning £550,000-£600,000. Some figures could be explained presenters, including Matt Baker, doing additional
work for the BBC outside of their main presenting gig.

But despite
this, many famous faces and viewers are left unsettled by the news of a gender pay gap at the company.
Emily Maitliss, a veteran presenter for the BBC, has openly joked about
the controversial revelations, and the fact that it seems she is paid much less than
her male colleagues.

At an event for TechUK dinner, Emily said, “You’re an
industry doing so well, soon you’ll be able to afford a BBC man…” The
comment comes amid speculation that she’s set to quit the BBC over the awkward pay dispute.

But BBC director-general Tony Hall has stepped in to
reassure employees and the public that they are committed to changing
the controversial pay gap. He stated that he knows there is “more to do”
to achieve equality.

Hall also faced criticism from one of his
very own employees, when reporter Mishal Hussain questioned him on the
Today programme on Radio 4.

Asking how he was going to address the
pay gap, Hall somewhat dodged Mishal’s question, by instead reiterating
that, “When I came back to the BBC I said I wanted to get a balance
between men and women presenting programmes like this programme also
with local radio where I think 14% had women presenting their breakfast
shows, we’ve now got that up to 50% – this is something I believe very,
very strongly in.”

Mishal later went on to question what the gap meant for mens salaries too. She asked, “Does that mean you’re going to be asking the men to take a pay cut?”

Hall gave a rather more coy response, saying, “We’ll be working through case-by-case to ensure that I can sit here in 2020 and say to you and look you in the eye and, more importantly, look our license fee payers in the eye, and say we have equality of pay between men and women.”

The PM is the latest to criticise the corporation for the news, having said that it was now important for them to “look at the whole question of how they pay women and how they pay men for doing the same job”.But will the BBC adjust accordingly? Watch this space…

 *the figures are taken from the last year, and so don’t reflect current earnings, if they have changed

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