Top male BBC earners agree to pay cut after gender gap furor

Top male BBC earners agree to pay cut after gender gap furor

"Better than average", blustered the corporation, but it has settled 115 unfair pay claims, and there are as many outstanding.

"The plans we're setting out today go further and are more important steps in modernising the BBC and making it fairer", he said.

He said: "Many people would look at that and say, 'why is it that Gary Lineker is paid many multiples of what Clare Balding is paid?'". Those are big, bold commitments I'm really serious about.

"Entertainment is a much more competitive market than news is, and has become increasingly competitive". She said they were being paid up to £10,000 more than her. It said it has already addressed 230 cases of pay unfairness.

"Two men with no broadcasting experience who had also been given trial shifts presenting the programme during the search for a new presenter were paid 25% more per programme". The BBC has a special role representing Britain.

Responding to the report, the said there would be "substantial" pay cuts for some men, and pay rises for some men and women.

"It has been focused on news and news-related areas, therefore excluding some high-earners".

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.

It also identified a 6.8% gender pay gap, rising to 12.6% among "lower-profile" presenters and reporters.

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The paper reports that the BBC Women campaign group dismissed the report and said it had not properly tackled the issue of equal pay.

"We've already made an important start".

It blamed numerous difficulties on a "complex and bureaucratic system" created by too many job titles - more than 5,000 different titles and job descriptions. It has submitted evidence to the committee that should shame senior BBC managers, including personal submissions from 14 women describing the panicked response of managers after the top pay gap was confirmed last summer.

The broadcaster said that it has "addressed close to half of them and are working through the rest with the people concerned".

Bradbury, whose previous BBC credits include Countryfile and Watchdog, said: "Obviously, I think that there should be equality and parity between men and women who are doing the same job..."

By the beginning of April all larger employers must have submitted gender pay audits to the government.

A review published on Tuesday said there was "no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making" at the BBC. Former BBC China editor Carrie Gracie, who left that post for another at the BBC amid a dispute over her salary in relation to her male counterparts, is one of those taking action against the pubcaster.

Broadcasters John Humphrys, Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine reduced their salaries.

Under the BBC's new pay structure, staff will not be able to learn the exact salary of colleagues but will find out how their pay compares to those who hold the same job.

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