The recent revelation that there appeared to be a huge gap in the wages of women and men at the BBC rocked the industry recently.
Following a report published by the BBC themselves, it came to light that male presenters at the corporation were usually paid more than their female counterparts. In fact, there appeared to be a huge gap in salary between the highest paid male, Chris Evans, and the highest paid female, Claudia Winkleman. It was said that Chris earnt around £2.2 million, while Claudia was paid a smaller £450,000 – £500,000.
And one noted pay gap was between the two stars of BBC’s The One Show, Alex Jones and Matt Baker. On the document, it read that Matt sat within the higher pay grade of £450,000 to £499,000, while Alex received a smaller salary, at £400,000 to £449,000.
Now, 40-year-old Alex has spoken about the wage discrepancy between her and her co-host, admitting that she was ‘shocked’ to find out they weren’t paid the same.
She told the Mirror, “Matt and I never discussed wages, but I assumed we got paid the same. I was quite shocked. I guess everybody was.”
However, Alex’s focus has understandably been on her family in the last year, as she and husband Charlie have recently welcomed son Teddy, in January 2017.
In the interview, she admitted how much parenthood has changed her life – particularly when it comes to time management.
“It is amazing what you can manage when you become a parent. You can achieve a lot more. Before, I don’t know what I was doing. Sitting around, wasting time. Now it’s more focused. I get a lot more out of life now that we have Ted. He pulled us into line.”
Alex also discussed whether or not she and husband of two years Charlie would consider having another child, admitting that she realises it may not be as easy the second time around.
“It’s one of those things. There is no way of knowing. I have every sympathy for people who go through it and have to go down the IVF route.
“Having lots of friends that have been through that, I have every sympathy with them. You just don’t know.
“It was easy the first time. Will it be as straightforward if we decide to have another baby? Who knows.Everybody knows your fertility goes down with age. That is a biological fact.”