Six male staffers on the BBC, together with a number of the community’s prime hosts, have agreed to take pay cuts to assist treatment a gender pay hole.
Ladies on the publicly-funded broadcaster have been protesting the pay hole since a report final 12 months issued by the BBC revealed that just one third of the top-paid executives have been ladies.
In response to the outcry, Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine will take pay cuts, the BBC stated.
“These are nice journalists and presenters, who’ve an actual reference to the viewers,” the BBC stated in a press release. “We’re proud to have them working on the BBC. The ultimate particulars of a few of these adjustments are nonetheless being mentioned, and there are additional conversations that the BBC could have with others in the end.” The BBC didn’t say by how a lot the lads’s wage can be lowered.
The voluntary discount in pay comes two weeks after Carrie Gracie resigned from her place as China editor, alleging an unlawful disparity of wage together with her male colleagues in comparable jobs. She stated she would return to the newsroom solely after she was assured she can be paid equally. Gracie is because of testify in entrance of a U.Okay. parliamentary committee on the problem subsequent week. She declined to remark to CNNMoney.
A number of days after Gracie’s resignation earlier this month, Humphrys, one of many community’s major radio hosts, and Sopel, the North America editor, have been caught on a scorching mic talking disparagingly about Gracie’s complaints about pay. The pair later stated they have been joking after they made the feedback and attacked the one that leaked the audio.
Humphrys instructed the BBC that it was his choice to take the minimize.
“It is the third [pay cut] and so they have been volunteered in every case,” he stated.
Now their salaries are amongst people who can be lowered. A report revealed by the BBC final July uncovered a serious gender pay hole, revealing that slightly below a 3rd of its prime paid executives, managers and media stars are ladies. The report famous the salaries of all workers who earn greater than £150,000 ($200,000) a 12 months.
The six males taking a pay minimize have been among the many highest paid on the firm, and a few of their largest tv anchors and radio hosts, based on the info revealed by the BBC final 12 months. Vine’s wage was listed as between £700,000 to £749,999, whereas Humphrys’ wage was between £600,000 to £649,999.
Gracie’s wage wasn’t listed, which suggests she was incomes lower than £150,000 a 12 months. Gracie stated earlier this month that the 2017 report revealed that 4 worldwide editors have been paid unequally — two male editors “earned a minimum of 50% extra” than their feminine counterparts, she stated.
The director basic of the BBC Tony Corridor has promised to shut the gender pay hole by 2020.
— CNN’s Lorenzo D’Agostino contributed to this report from London.