BBC's highest-paid salaries list reveals gender, race gaps

Writing on Twitter, the former England striker said he had stuck with the Beeb "Because I love and value my job and BBC sport".

The BBC will reveal the salaries of its highest-paid stars in an annual report which will be released at 11am today - the first time that this information has been made public.

Chris Evans has topped the list with a salary between £2.2m and £2.25m, and Claudia Winkleman is the highest paid women, earning £400,000.

Unsurprisingly, the pay gap in the vast majority of industries is skewed towards men, however, there are numerous areas in which female workers earn more than male workers.

Match of The Day presenter Gary Lineker has feigned outrage at the revelation that Chris Evans is paid more than him by the BBC. Only two women earn more than 400,000 pounds; 12 men make at least that.

Lawyers have warned that the BBC could be open to discrimination lawsuits brought by its female employees. It's one thing to be dedicated to hiring women, but it's a whole separate issue when it comes to making sure they're paid fairly-with "fairly" being relative here, as we're talking about some salaries that are pretty sky-high to you and I. Mishal Husain, a British news presenter, confronted Hall about his comments about the BBC's dedication to gender and pay parity.


The state broadcaster "fought tooth and nail" to resist revealing the sums that licence fee payers are forking out to television personalities, a ministerial source told the Daily Mail.

A "John Harumphrys" account joked the real John Humphrys, who earned at least £600,000 a year ago, would be avoiding his Radio 4 Today programme colleagues Justin Webb, who earned at least £150,000, and Nick Robinson, who was revealed to be on between £250,000 and £299,999.

She added: "If the justification isn't satisfactory, equal pay claims may be taken which would not only be costly but incredibly damaging to the standing and reputation of the BBC". And the amount we pay the very highest earners has dropped by 40% over the same period. As explained in The Guardian, the list "does not include payments to staff from production companies or BBC Worldwide, which generates commercial revenues". "We've set a clear target for 2020, we want all our lead and presenting roles to be equally divided between men and women", he said.

There was also complaints over male bias in the salaries, with two-thirds on the list revealed to be men. It's already having an impact. "It's going to change the market for talent in this country". "They will likely try to rely on years of experience, audience ratings for particular shows and differences between program genres but, if the disparities are as striking as many expect them to be, it will not be an easy argument", Ruth Gamble, a partner at BDBF law firm, told CNBC via email Wednesday.

"I think it's very important that the lid has been lifted on this pay discrimination in the BBC and that it's been laid bare", she said.

But Hall, talking this morning to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, defended the pubcaster's record and promised he would ensure gender pay equality within three years.


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