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Minor Change in BBC Gender Pay Gap

Posted 338 days ago | 02.07.19

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Minor Change in BBC Gender Pay Gap

This year the top 12 earners on the BBC include three women: Claudia Winkleman, Zoe Ball and Vanessa FeltzThe top 12 earners were all male last year, but Winkleman is now eighth, Ball is ninth and Feltz is joint 10th. This is the result of the BBC’s attempt to deal with their gender pay gap. Of the 75 presenters listed, 60% were men, down from 65% when the list was first published in 2017.

Match of the Day's Gary Lineker is still at the top of the list, on an unchanged £1.75m per year.

The list includes correspondents and presenters who earned more than £150,000 between April 2018 and March 2019.

However, as usual the list is not a fair or complete reflection of what all celebrities at the BBC earn since actors and some entertainment presenters who work for the corporation's commercial arm BBC Studios are not included in the report.

As a result, the stars of some of the BBC's biggest programmes, like Top Gear and Doctor Who, - are not on the list.

None of these people earns less than £355,000 a year. And pensioners are going to have to pay for their licences next year.

Woman's Hour presenter Jane Garvey, who leads a campaign group called BBC Women, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I'd like to congratulate the three women who have made it into the top 10. That's 30% of the top 10. Of course it would be nice if it was 50, or maybe even more than that. Who knows, we might reach that state of nirvana at some point in my life.”

She said she had sympathy with the viewers and listeners who felt the salaries were still too high. "Perhaps it would have been better to cut more male salaries rather than to up some female salaries," she said.

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