Some of the BBC’s leading male presenters have agreed to take a pay cut after revelations over equal pay. Nicky Campbell is among several people who have all agreed, either formally or in principle, to reduce their salaries.It follows Carrie Gracie’s resignation from her post as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay between male and female international editors. An independent audit into equal pay at the BBC will be published next week. Campbell confirmed he was taking a pay cut while on air, just after the news story about male presenters was read out on BBC 5 live’s Breakfast show.He added: “And I am also on that list.”The BBC revealed the pay of on-air talent earning over £150,000 in July 2017, with two-thirds of stars earning more than that being men.Chris Evans topped the list, earning between £2.2m and £2.25m in 2016/2017.The highest-paid female, Claudia Winkleman, earned significantly less – between £450,000 and £500,000.Gracie is now returning to the BBC newsroom in London, saying she expects to be “paid equally”.
The BBC’s media editor, Amol Rajan, said whilst competition in the entertainment industry has intensified, the opposite has happened in news.”Many of those now taking pay cuts secured generous deals years ago,” he said. “That world has disappeared – and these presenters now accept that a chunk of their salaries will have to disappear with it.”Gracie is due to appear before a select committee of MPs next week, shortly before the director general of the BBC, Tony Hall, his deputy, Anne Bulford, and the director of news and current affairs, Fran Unsworth. They were called to discuss what action the corporation is taking to address the gender pay gap.There have been three investigations into gender pay at the BBC:A report was published in October, in line with a requirement on all large organisations. It found the gender pay gap at the BBC was 9.3%, against a national average of 18.1%
A judge-led audit of equal pay among rank-and-file staff published at the same time found there was “no question of any systemic gender discrimination”
A review into the BBC’s approach to the pay of on-air presenters, editors and correspondents is due to be published next week
Lord Hall pledged to close the gap by 2020, saying the corporation should be “an exemplar of what can be achieved when it comes to pay, fairness, gender and representation”.
Source: BBC Regional