BBC to propose new pay framework for presenters following gender pay row

The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie quit this month to protest what she called a failure to address the pay gap

The will accelerate progress towards equal representation of men and women at all levels on air, and also towards closing the gender pay gap by 2020.

PwC also criticised the media organisation for decision-making "anomalies for both men and women" that had created problems, including a "lack of clarity and openness".

Ahead of Tuesday's report, BBC Women submitted evidence to a parliamentary committee looking into issues of pay and equality.

But the BBC published a review of the pay of some 800 on-air staff, produced by PwC, which found no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making at the broadcaster, a cherished institution funded by a license fee levied on TV viewers.

The hearing is likely to be uncomfortable for the BBC, as it is scheduled to include testimony from Carrie Gracie, the China editor who resigned the post in protest after learning her male counterparts doing the same job earned much more.

Another presenter of a high-profile news programme discovered she was paid "hundreds of thousands less than some of my colleagues" when the BBC's "talent list" of high earners was published and "no one has explained to me how such a discrepancy can be justified".

Lord Hall told Newman: "I don't believe there has been illegality in the BBC to the point where someone said you're a woman therefore you're going to be paid less".

Broadcasters John Humphrys, Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson, and Jeremy Vine have all reduced their salaries following the publicity surrounding the pay review.

When questioned by Newman if he believed that gender equality was a myth, Peterson said only if she meant "in terms of outcomes".

"We've already made an important start".

The BBC has been struggling to quell anger among female employees since it had to name its best-paid on-air staff last July and disclose their pay bands, revealing that two-thirds of them were men of whom some were paid far more than female peers. The BBC defended themselves at the time, saying that there was an "independent judge-led audit of pay for rank and file staff which showed "no systemic discrimination against women" and that they would be having the salaries of on-air staff investigated shortly. "Those are big, bold commitments I'm really serious about".

"When I asked for it to be corrected the line manager told me "the BBC doesn't do equal pay" and that in raising the issue I was being "aggressive".

Although the disparity in the news department was not as great, three news presenters earned over £500,000 and all three were men.

A BBC spokesman said: "We look forward to an informed debate at the select committee based on all the facts". What man wants to review their company's pay structure with the risk that they might be shamed into taking a pay cut hanging over their head? The Corporation has been scrambling to resolve as numerous pay disputes as possible before it publishes a major review of presenter pay this morning.

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