Top male BBC presenters take salary cuts in gender pay row
The BBC reported yesterday that six of its highest-paid male broadcasters have agreed to take pay cuts after revelations of a gender divide in salaries
The BBC said it was 'very grateful' to the presenters for agreeing to reduce their salaries. Pic/AFP
The BBC reported yesterday that six of its highest-paid male broadcasters have agreed to take pay cuts after revelations of a gender divide in salaries. The BBC said in a statement that the public service broadcaster was "very grateful" to Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson, and Jeremy Vine for agreeing to reduce their salaries.
"These are great journalists and presenters, who have a real connection with the audience. We are proud to have them working at the BBC," the broadcaster said. Details of the voluntary salary cuts were not announced. The BBC was embarrassed last year when a list of top earners showed that two-thirds of the best-paid workers were men. Many men were also found to be receiving much larger salaries than women in comparable jobs.
The BBC's China editor, Carrie Gracie, quit this month to protest what she called a failure to address the pay gap. Gracie did not appear on the list of BBC staff members earning at least $214,000 a year. Humphrys, 74, a popular host of the influential Radio 4 news programme, said the wage cut was his idea. "I've been at the BBC for an awfully long time and I've been paid very well and I'm not exactly on the breadline," he said.
No. of presenters who have agreed to salary cuts
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