Ex-BBC Scotland journalist 'paid less than male colleagues'

01 February, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie quit this month to protest what she called a failure to address the pay gap

In her open letter to BBC viewers, she said that her former employer "is breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure".

In written demand to the BBC, those registering formal complaints said: "The BBC should avoid wasting licence fee money on an unwinnable court fight against their female workers over equal pay and immediately agree to independent arbitration to settle individual cases, including back pay and pension adjustments".

The move follows Carrie Gracie's resignation as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay between male and female worldwide editors.

A previous pay report, commissioned by the, concluded there was no evidence of systemic gender discrimination. I calculate that he is paid more or less double to do same job, "said one of women".

The BBC said on Friday that it was reducing the salaries of several of its most prominent male journalists following Carrie Gracie's decision this month to leave her position as the British broadcaster's China editor to protest unequal pay between men and women at the organization.

The BBC's wage bill will rise this year, the director-general has suggested, after a report into on-air salaries found almost 200 household names have been underpaid.

In response, the BBC has proposed a new framework for setting the salaries of on-air presenters, correspondents and talent, and proposed the introduction of a £320,000 (AU $560,000) salary cap for its news readers.

However, BBC Women - a group that represents female journalists and producers - said they had "no confidence" in PwC's review as it had been carried out without their consultation.

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But the BBC published a review of the pay of some 800 on-air staff, produced by PwC, which found no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making at the broadcaster.

But the review found "no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making".

Last week a list of big-name male BBC employees, including Radio 4 Today host John Humphrys, Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine, said they had agreed to salary reductions.

Ahead of today's report a group of 170 women working at the BBC submitted evidence to a parliamentary Digital Culture, Media and Sport committee looking into issues around pay and equality.

The presenter says: "It became apparent that for almost three years I had been sitting next to a man doing an identical job who was being paid tens of thousands of pounds more". That means the likes of Gary Lineker and Chris Evans, who are at the top of the pay scale, were not included. If we men and women were to sort ourselves out equally, there would be a unsafe imbalance, he believed.

Corporation director general Tony Hall said: "The BBC believes in equality".

"It is clear that the BBC still has a big problem in terms of gender pay", Collins said. "I am told that we are now being paid at the same rate per day, but there is no transparency".

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