BBC expected to unveil “new framework” on pay amid gender discrimination concerns

The BBC is expected to announce a ‘pay cap’ on its news presenters’ salaries, amid concerns that the organisation has long been driven by a “culture of gender discrimination.”

In recent weeks, as many as 170 female BBC employers have demanded a public apology from the broadcaster after recent disclosures revealed a shocking gender pay cap between the BBC’s most prominent presenters and stars.

An audit revealed that, on average, the BBC has a gender pay gap of 9.3 per cent. In many cases, women working in the exact same roles as their male counterparts were being paid much less.

Following the revelations, disgruntled female employees have approached the Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) Parliamentary Select Committee.

According to a report in The Independent, the Committee has voiced concerns that the BBC is using non-disclosure agreements in order to “silence” female workers who have suffered gender discrimination.

The concerns come at a time when more than 150 women at the BBC are claiming they have faced “veiled threats” when trying to raise the subject of equal pay with their bosses.

The Committee has said that it will investigate the issue alongside the Women and Equalities Select Committee.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson on behalf of the BBC has indicated this week that the broadcaster will introduce a “new framework” on pay, which is expected to include a cap on news presenters’ salaries.

Official details are yet to be revealed, but it is thought that the BBC will suggest a figure of approximately £320,000 per year.

A spokesperson said: “A number of BBC staff – on and off air, male as well as female – have raised issues with their pay with the BBC. We are working hard to address these.

“The BBC will replace its old pay model for presenters and propose a new framework,” they said.

“That framework will have transparency at its heart. It will enable presenters to know where they stand and ensure they have knowledge about their pay relative to others.

“It will be rooted in fairness and equality. Alongside that, it will be informed by data and analysis.”

They added: “We look forward to an informed debate at the Select Committee based on all the facts.”

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Donna Martin

Donna Martin

Partner at Mackrell Turner Garrett
Donna Martin is a Partner in the Employment team at Mackrell Turner Garrett’s London office. She advises both employers and employees on a full range of contentious and non-contentious issues. As an employment law expert, Donna has significant experience in drafting employment contracts and handbooks, advising on grievance and disciplinary procedures and preparatory work prior to tribunals, including advising on the advantages and disadvantages of settling cases.