Female stars call on BBC ‘to sort gender pay gap now’ – BBC News

Image caption Signatories consist of Emily Maitlis, Victoria Derbyshire, Sue Barker, Alex Jones, Fiona Bruce and Clare Balding (clockwise, from leading left)

Some of the BBC’s many prominent female characters have actually gotten in touch with the corporation to “act now” to handle the gender pay space.

Presenters Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire and Emily Maitlis are amongst those who have actually signed the open letter to Director General Tony Hall.

They prompt him to “fix” the variation over gender pay, which they state has actually been understood “for many years”.

The BBC today exposed the incomes of stars making more than 150,000.

The wages, exposed in the corporation’s yearly report on Wednesday , exposed two-thirds of its stars making more than 150,000 are male, with Chris Evans the top-paid on in between 2.2 m and 2.25 m.

Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celeb, making in between 450,000 and 500,000 in 2015, while the One Show’s Alex Jones was 2nd, making in between 400,000 and 450,000.


Signatories to the letter likewise consist of BBC Sport’s Sue Barker, Today program reporters Mishal Husain and Sarah Montague, speaker Fiona Bruce and the One Show’s Alex Jones.

Women’s Hour host Jane Garvey, who arranged the letter, tweeted that female BBC stars were “revolting”.

In the letter, the females state they are “prepared to satisfy” Mr Hall to guarantee “future generations of females do not face this type of discrimination”.

The report reveals “exactly what a lot of us have actually thought for several years … that ladies at the BBC are being paid less than guys for the exact same work,” they include.

Pay variations continue “beyond the list” of those making more than 150,000, they include, consisting of into locations of production, engineering, and regional and local media.

The letter continues: “Compared to numerous females and males, we are effectively compensated and lucky.

“However, this is an age of equality and the BBC is an organisation that prides itself on its worths.

“You have stated that you will ‘arrange’ the gender pay space by 2020, however the BBC has actually learnt about the pay variation for several years. All of us wish to go on the record to hire you to act now.”

When questioned about the gender space recently, Mr Hall stated there was “more to do”, while BBC director of radio and education James Purnell stated male speakers might take pay cuts .

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