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.

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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?"

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