BBC director-general Tony Hall to face MPs over staff pay
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Jan 31, 2018,
Jan 31, 2018, 4:23
Following complaints about opaque pay arrangements at the licence fee-funded broadcaster, the BBC will say, in comments published alongside the pay report, that the new structure will have "transparency at its heart".
Since the report, the BBC has reportedly offered "revisions" to some women's pay at the network.
In July past year, BBC published a list of 96 corporation journalists who were charging over 150,000 pounds (171,000 euros) annually. The PwC report also found that there was an "absence of clear pay frameworks" and a "lack of clarity and openness about the basis for pay decisions because of the absence of pay ranges for on-air roles".
BBC Women said it did not "give a true picture of pay inequality" at the corporation.
Documents from the Culture Committee reveal that a former health correspondent, Eleanor Bradford, followed the lead of BBC China editor Carrie Gracie in resigning in protest at inequalities. There is a real and systemic difference between the pay of men and women and that is something that needs to be addressed.
Bradford, who was health correspondent between 2001-2016, said: "I discovered I was one of the lowest-paid correspondents at BBC Scotland, despite regularly appearing on United Kingdom wide news and delivering exclusive stories. The plans we're setting out today go further and are more important steps in modernising the BBC and making it fairer".
In evidence submitted to the committee ahead of the hearing, BBC Women said there was a " bunker mentality" when it came to equal pay and that women had received "veiled threats" when raising the subject.
Among those receiving pay cuts are the presenters Jeremy Vine, Huw Edwards and John Humphrys.
"We hope today's commitment from the director general to put equality at the heart of what the BBC stands for results in swift and meaningful change for women in all roles and at all levels at the organisation".
"We've already made an important start".
The BBC has pledged to close its gender pay gap by 2020.
A number of female news presenters at the BBC are to receive substantial pay rises with a raft of male presenters taking pay cuts as the British public broadcaster launched a full scale review of on-air pay.
Lord Hall will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Wednesday.
"I raised the equal pay issue many times over the years, but nothing was done", she said in written evidence.
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". We've also set out action to achieve them. The Corporation has been scrambling to resolve as numerous pay disputes as possible before it publishes a major review of presenter pay this morning. For numerous women at the I have spoken to, the feeling is that they have accumulated injustice - and, some would argue, discrimination - over the course of their careers.