BBC top salary list includes three women: genuine gender equality or PR stunt?
On 2nd July 2019, the BBC published its star salaries list where three women had ranked as top paid presenters for the first time. In light of this, HRreview reached out to some professionals in their field to pose the question of whether this is a genuine step by the BBC to rectify inequality within their company or a way of ticking boxes merely to comply to standards.
In the annual BBC report of 2018-2019, it was reported that Claudia Winkleman, Zoe Ball and Vanessa Feltz had all made the list as some of the highest paid presenters at the BBC. Ms. Winkleman and Ms. Ball tied eighth out of 11 presenters on the list, each earning an annual income of £370,000. Ms. Feltz was joined last with Jason Mohammad, earning £355,000 annually.
This was a significant improvement on the 2017-2018 annual BBC report which saw the star salaries list being solely dominated by men.
The lack of women in the top paid presenters list of BBC’s 2017-2018 annual report garnered substantial criticism. An internal criticism came from Carrie Gracie, the China editor for BBC news since 2013, who publicly resigned from her post due to claims of being paid up to £100,000 less than her male counterparts.
Professor Binna Kandola, an author of several critically acclaimed books on unconscious bias within the workplace, a business psychologist and senior partner of Pearn Kandola, said…
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