Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

BBC Women: We have experienced 'veiled threats' over equal pay queries

BBC Women: We have experienced 'veiled threats' over equal pay queries

In the newly published review, carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers, it was said there was a "lack of clarity and openness about the basis for pay decisions" at the BBC.

The BBC's China editor, Carrie Gracie, quit this month to protest what she called a failure to address the pay gap.

A previous pay report, commissioned by the, concluded there was no evidence of systemic gender discrimination. "No one should be paid differently due to their gender".

But its plan to address a gender pay gap revealed past year failed to satisfy many women employed by the BBC, who say they are paid less than men for the same work.

In July past year, BBC published a list of 96 corporation journalists who were charging over 150,000 pounds (171,000 euros) annually.

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.

"While managers have supported us individually, you still raised a bunker mentality in some dependencies, and women have received veiled threats when y mentioned issue of equal pay", said BBC Women in document she presented to Parliament.

BBC Director General Tony Hall said that the report showed that the organisation had "real and important issues to tackle" and that he was determined to set things right, BBC reported. Yet it confidently asserts there is "no evidence" of gender bias in pay decisions, merely some "anomalies that need addressing".

The salary sacrifices of John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Huw Edwards, Nick Robinson, Nicky Campbell and Jeremy Vine were a welcome gesture.

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They added: "We want to help women progress in their career and have set out ambitious targets to close the gender pay gap, filled by women.

We are proud to have them working at the BBC", the broadcaster said.

A group of MPs at the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee (DCMS), which will question the on Wednesday, have found evidence that the broadcaster has a "deeper cultural problem" than the gap revealed in last year's earnings list. "The plans we're setting out today go further and are more important steps in modernising the and making it fairer".

The Metro runs with the headline: "The "Farce" & The Furious", and says women at the corporation reacted with "anger and disbelief" at the report.

But critics accused the BBC of distorting the evidence by focusing the report on news-related pay.

Radio 2's Chris Evans topped the list on more than £2 million, while the highest paid woman was Claudia Winkleman on between £450,000 and £499,999.

On Tuesday, Lord Hall apologised to any BBC employee who had not been paid correctly, but said he believed the BBC had not broken equal pay law.

Equality can not be dependent on somebody else 'doing the right thing.' Women are either entitled to equal pay, equal rights, and equal treatment or else we remain dependent members of society.

"Then I found out that the existing male presenter was being paid 50% more than me per programme".

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