BBC finds 'no evidence of gender bias in pay'


A review of on-air pay at the BBC has claimed there is "no evidence" of gender bias in pay decisions at the broadcaster, despite the equality row that has rocked the organisation since last summer.

The move comes ahead of a pay review of on-air talent at the BBC, expected to be published today. The "comprehensive analysis" is expected to give fresh evidence of female presenters and correspondents being paid less than male colleagues, although the BBC Women campaign group has expressed serious reservations about its methodology and no confidence in its conclusions.

It has not been clarified if on-air staff will be able to earn more from other work at the BBC, such as entertainment programmes on radio and television.

Former BBC Scotland health correspondent Eleanor Bradford said she complained to management after finding out she was "one of the lowest-paid correspondents at BBC Scotland".

The BBC Women's document cites examples of a "shocking" and "illegal" pay gap between men and women performing comparable roles.

The BBC has proposed a £320,000 cap on its news presenters' salaries after an outcry over gender pay inequality, according to BBC News.

The presenter says: "It became apparent that for almost three years I had been sitting next to a man doing an identical job who was being paid tens of thousands of pounds more".

They further add that they are paid £500 when presenting one of the corporation's "flagship radio sports programmes", adding: "I have been told the male presenter is paid £1,200".

"She quit the BBC after a pay rise still left her "£10,000 below some male colleagues who were doing identical correspondent jobs" and being told she was a "model correspondent". It said it would be more open about what people were paid for doing jobs so employees could establish what they were receiving compared with their peers.

A damning dossier detailing individual cases in which the BBC failed to pay female presenters the same as male colleagues has been published as the corporation sets out its plan to deal with the crisis.

"Behind the headline, the most important issue of equal pay at the BBC, we believe, is a wider culture of gender discrimination which can be seen in the patterns of promotion, especially after women take maternity leave", the BBC Women statement read.

"The is committed to equal pay, and we don't accept the assertion we have not been complying with the Equality Act, nor do we offer inferior contracts based on someone's gender or race".

Chair of DCMS Damian Collins said: "It is clear that the BBC still has a big problem in terms of gender pay".

Former BBC Scotland health correspondent Eleanor Bradford has claimed she was paid "around £10,000" less than some of her male colleagues in similar roles, prompting her to leave the BBC after almost 15 years.