'No proof of gender bias in pay'

BBC budget crisis

On air, there will be substantial pay cuts for some men, and pay rises for some men and women.

It was ordered following revelations about the BBC's best-paid presenters previous year, which prompted director general Tony Hall to promise to close the gender pay gap by 2020.

"The believes in equality", said director-general Tony Hall. We know that gender discrimination and disadvantage does not begin and end with the pay packet. The BBC has a special role representing Britain.

They added: "We want to help women progress in their career and have set out ambitious targets to close the gender pay gap, filled by women".

"Yet the evidence we are publishing today highlights many cases where the BBC has failed to meet these requirements".

"Women have experienced veiled threats made against them when they raised the subject of equal pay", the group said in written evidence to parliament's media committee, which is investigating BBC pay.

On Tuesday night Lord Hall, who earns between £450,000 and £499,999, said he was "extremely well paid" but had not taken a pay cut. "The only mention of equal pay in the letter of engagement with PwC refers to an "assessment of equal pay risks".

The review said there was a "lack of clarity and openness about the basis for pay decisions" at the broadcaster.

But it found "no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making". There's been no transparency on which individuals were included or why. "When I asked for the pay gap 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".

Tony Hall
GETTYDirector General Lord Hall could be forced to make some difficult budget decisions

The move to ensure 50-50 gender representation on screen and radio will also be accelerated, with changes to the on-air lineup introduced at a faster rate.

But critics accused the BBC of distorting the evidence by focusing the report on news-related pay. They just aren't giving me the confidence.

However, it is unlikely to reassure prominent BBC women who believe that the corporation is still failing to acknowledge the extent of pay inequality.

"Then I found out that the existing male presenter was being paid 50% more than me per programme". The situation also does nothing to encourage other companies to look at their potential violations of equal pay laws.

On Wednesday, Carrie Gracie, who resigned as the BBC's China editor over the issue, will take questions from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's select committee.

The BBC has promised to remedy the problem, with a thoroughgoing review which was unveiled on Tuesday.

Women have been speaking out on not receiving as much pay as their male counterparts in recent months after the BBC published the salaries of their anchors last June.

The Women's Equality Party seeks to create a society where all people are able to maximise their potential.

The BBC has set out a five-point plan to deal with unequal pay, after it emerged only a third of its best-paid talent is female.

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