Row over public spending as top earners at the BBC revealed

by Ben Pena July 20, 2017, 0:33
Row over public spending as top earners at the BBC revealed

The annual salaries of the BBC's highest-earning stars will be revealed today (July 19).

Meanwhile, the BBC faced questions over gender pay inequality after this morning's publication revealed that only one-third of its top 96 high earners were women, with Radio 2 host Claudia Winkleman its top female earner - trailing far behind Evans on between £450,000 and £500,000.

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.

According to the report, the BBC's highest-earning man - radio host Chris Evans - made between £2,200,000 ($2,865,280) and £2,249,999 ($2,930,399).

A statement from the BBC on the release of the statistics said: "On gender and diversity, the BBC is more diverse than the broadcasting industry and the civil service". People expect us to have great broadcasters, great presenters, great stars, but pay them less than they would get on the market.

"Is this where we want to be?"

ITN news presenter Charlene White also highlighted the lack of diversity, writing on Twitter: "While headlines justifiably concentrate on gender pay gap, let's not forget the other HUGE gaps in pay".

By comparison, Huw Edwards, who presents the 10 O'Clock News as well as major events and documentaries, earns between £550,000 and £599,999; John Humphrys, who presents Today and Mastermind, earns £600,000 to £649,999; and Dan Walker, who presented Breakfast, Football Focus and Olympic coverage in 2016, was paid between £200,000 to £249,999.

Bastille Day march-past to close Donald Trump's Paris visit
Over their two day meeting, Mr Trump and Mr Macron vowed to continue cooperative over security and counter-terrorism forces. This leaves open the possibility of him reconsidering the decision to pull USA out of the Paris climate agreement.

Anchors George Alagiah, Jason Mohammad and Trevor Nelson are the highest-paid BAME stars, each receiving between £250,000 and £300,000, while the highest-paid female star with a BAME background is BBC news presenter Mishal Hussain, who received between £200,000 and £250,000.

Britain's public broadcaster BBC came under fire on Wednesday for its gender pay imbalance after it was forced to reveal how much it pays its top-earning talent.

The sum only includes work done for the BBC, not other production companies.

"We've set a clear target for 2020: we want all our lead and presenting roles to be equally divided between men and women. They help make the BBC what it is", he told the Guardian. And it's already having an impact.

Former Top Gear host Chris Evans is the highest paid BBC star taking home £2.2-2.49m.

"These figures expose what appears to be a deeply troubling disparity in pay between men and women at one of the UK's most prominent publicly funded institutions, suggesting the pay gap within the BBC may be more significant than feared", she said.

As the BBC prepare to publish the salaries of its top contributors, Director-General, Tony Hall, has warned that comparing pay "is not straightforward". Also, the choice for some of our talent is to go and do something completely different because they're entertainers ... that is the market we're dealing with'.

The journalist told Harry Jones from Glamorgan: "I just feel very lucky every day", before Mr Jones asked: "Do you think you're overpaid?"


TOP News

Sinkhole swallows home in Florida
WFLA News Channel 8 did some digging and found that the home was also sold in 2015 as a "repaired" home. After the home collapsed, the only thing that was visible was it's roof and a side wall.

Chinese Audi Ad Causes Stir, Compares New Wife To Used Car
The point of this spectacle is to suggest that this sort of rigorous inspection is similar to the one enjoyed by Audi's used cars. An Audi spokesman told the South China Morning Post marketing in China was the responsibility of its local joint venture partner.

United deal complicated as Inter name Perisic in tour squad
If United are still interested in the player, it looks like there's still some way to go before any deal is completed. But the deal will now be complicated after Inter named the 28-year-old in their 28-man tour squad.

China trading more with North Korea but buying less coal
Though Trump took a more conciliatory tone on the North Korea issue and China's role at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

What's Next for Community Healthcare Trust Inc (CHCT) After Forming Wedge Up?
The current share price indicates that stock is -4.46% away from its one year high and is moving 15.90% ahead of its 52-week low. The stock of Kite Realty Group Trust (NYSE:KRG) has "Strong Buy" rating given on Monday, January 9 by Raymond James.

Uber merges its eastern European arm with Russian rival Yandex
FAS press service told TASS earlier Yandex and Uber did not yet submit application to the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service. That means Yandex .Taxi users will be able to hail an Uber in places like India and the USA using the Yandex app.

Minnesota cop kills White woman, days after buyout of Philando Castile shooter
A Minnesota county medical examiner's office has ruled the fatal police shooting of Australian woman Justine Damond a homicide. Officials said the officers' body cameras were not turned on and that a squad vehicle camera did not capture the shooting .

Amazon is reportedly working on a standalone messaging app called Anytime
It's described as an all-in-one feature rich service and includes services from text messages to video chat. Things though are still being worked out with Amazon letting only a select group of users to test the app.

Psy no longer has most-watched video on YouTube
However, its reign as YouTube's most-played video may end soon as there is another contender for the YouTube throne. Whilst Olympic fever swept the nation, a little song you may have heard of called " Gangnam Style " was released.

Spider-Man: Homecoming - Every Secret You Need To Know
However, they were at the very center of the in-game footage released as well . The film balances these elements really well.