Women working at the BBC have called for “equal and fair pay” changes at the organisation to happen “quickly”.
Using the #BBCWomen, Joanna Gosling, Victoria Derbyshire, Mishal Husain and other presenters and journalists have shared the joint statement on Twitter.
“The Director General must be in no doubt about how serious an issue equal and fair pay is for women across the organisation,” the statement reads.
“The BBC should be the standard bearer for this.”
They released the statement as BBC director-general Tony Hall unveiled plans to tackle the gender pay gap throughout the organisation.
He announced announced three reviews into presenter pay, representation and diversity, as well as a report on gender pay gap and an audit on equal pay.
This comes after a report published in July showed its best paid presenters were mainly white and male.
The figures revealed 17 men earned over £300,000, compared with seven women. Just two of the top 10 earners are women.
Chris Evans, Gary Lineker and Graham Norton were its top earners – with Evans earning more than £2m.
The highest-earning female was Claudia Winkleman, the presenter of Strictly Come Dancing, who earned between £450,000 and £500,000.
Lord Hall assured staff on Wednesday he is “determined to close the gap”, and “make sure that, where there are differences in pay, they’re justified”.
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Image: Chris Evans, Claudia Winkleman, Gary Lineker and Fiona Bruce were among the top earners
The BBC women’s statement also said: “We await the swift release of meaningful data that we can trust and for solutions that will rectify injustices to be put in place before the end of the year.
“We need full transparency. Our aim is to change things for women in broadcasting now, and to encourage and reassure young women coming into the industry whatever their role.
“We will be monitoring developments to ensure real change happens, and quickly.”
PwC was already working on a review for the BBC on disparities between its World Service staff and the rest of the news department.
According to the broadcaster, all three reviews taking place will be independently audited by law firm Eversheds and accountants PwC.
Source: SKY News Feed