Six male BBC presenters agree pay cut

Image caption Left-right: Nicky Campbell, Huw Edwards, Jon Sopel, Jeremy Grape vine, Nick Robinson and John Humphrys

Six of the BBC’s leading man presenters have agreed to take pay out cuts after revelations over equivalent salaries.

The particular BBC said Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Grape vine had all accepted reduced income.

The move comes after Carrie Gracie’s resignation as BBC The far east editor in demonstration at unequal pay between man and female international editors.

Vine said: “It needs to be sorted out and I assistance my female colleagues. ”

The Radio 2 and Eggheads presenter was the best-paid of the group, generating between £ 700, 000-£ 749, 999 in 2016/17. The new wages haven’t been revealed.

Of the six, Jon Sopel, the particular BBC’s North America editor, earned minimal, in the £ 200, 000-£ 249, 999 bracket – compared to Carrie Gracie’s £ 135, 000-a-year income.

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Media caption Jeremy Vine: Taking a spend cut is ‘a no-brainer’

The particular BBC revealed the pay of on-air talent earning over £ a hundred and fifty, 000 in This summer, with two-thirds of stars at the list being men.

A BBC statement said: “We are very grateful to Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine, who have agreed that their particular pay will now be reduced.

“These are great media and presenters, who have a real reference to the audience. We are proud to get them working at the BBC.

“The final information on some of these changes are still being talked about, and there are further conversations how the BBC will have with others within due course. ”

John Humphrys, who presents Radio 4’s These days programme and Mastermind, said it had been his decision to earn much less.

“It’s the third [pay cut] and they have been volunteered in each case, ” he or she said, explaining that things had been very different from the years when presenters were “having money pretty much drive upon us”.

“There was no shortage of cash, inch he said. “There is a lack of cash. And it seems to myself, and I thought this before the income disclosures last year, but the salary disclosures reinforced the idea that some of us were getting much more than others. ”

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Image caption Carrie Gracie published an open letter providing her reasons for resigning as Tiongkok editor

On his way into work at Radio stations 2 on Friday, Jeremy Grape vine was asked by reporters exactly why he had agreed to a lower wage.

“I think it needs to become sorted out and I support the female colleagues who have rightly mentioned they should be paid the same when these kinds of are doing the same job, ” he or she said.

“It’s only a no-brainer, so it wasn’t a problem to accept one [a pay cut]. inch

An independent audit in to equal pay at the BBC is going to be published next week.

Once the list of the best-paid BBC presenters that was published last summer, Bob Evans was at the top, earning in between £ 2 . 2m and £ 2 . 25m in 2016/2017.

The highest-paid woman, Claudia Winkleman, earned significantly less – in between £ 450, 000 and £ 500, 000.

BBC media editor Amol Rajan said while competition in the enjoyment industry had intensified, the opposite acquired happened in news.

“Many of those now taking spend cuts secured generous deals years back, ” he said.

“That world has vanished – and these presenters now acknowledge that a chunk of their salaries will need to disappear with it. ”

Image caption Tony Hall is among senior BBC figures appearing before a choose committee

After leaving her post since China editor, Gracie is now time for the BBC newsroom in London, stating she expects to be “paid equally”.

She is due to show up before a select committee associated with MPs on Wednesday next week, immediately before director general of the BBC Tony Hall, his deputy Anne Bulford and director of information and current affairs Fran Unsworth.

They were called to talk about what action the corporation is consuming to address the gender pay distance.

Damian Collins MEGAPIXEL, chair of the Digital, Culture, Press and Sport select committee, stated: “While it is admirable that these BBC presenters want to show solidarity for his or her female colleagues by taking a pay out cut, it doesn’t address the fundamental problems of pay inequality that Carrie Gracie and others have raised. inch

He added they would hear from Gracie plus senior BBC figures at the panel session.

There have been 3 investigations into gender pay in the BBC:

  • A report had been published in October, in line with the requirement on all large companies. It found the gender pay distance at the BBC was 9. 3% , against a national typical of 18. 1%
  • A judge-led audit of equal pay amongst rank-and-file staff published at the same time discovered there was “no question of any kind of systemic gender discrimination”
  • A review in to the BBC’s approach to the pay associated with on-air presenters, editors and correspondents is due to be published next week

Master Hall pledged to close the particular gap by 2020, saying the organization should be “an exemplar of so what can be achieved when it comes to pay, fairness, sex and representation”.

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