Last summer, BBC published the names of its highest-earning stars, with male presenters dominating the list. Anyone with a brain could have figured out that the pay difference was due to things such as experience, and views. More than nine million people tune in every week to Chris Evan’s show, so it was no surprise that he was the highest paid on-air presenter.
But according to some, that’s not a good enough reason. People accused the BBC of sexism and racism. In an open letter signed by big-name female presenters (you won’t know them unless you’re British) to BBC director general Tony Hall, the ladies demanded he ‘sort out the gender pay gap now.’
Six male BBC presenters agreed to a pay cut as they felt they earned too much money. Jonn Humphrys told BBC News
“It seemed fair… The BBC used to have, in the good old days, an awful lot of money. It no longer has an awful lot of money. I was earning a lot of money and it seemed entirely proper to me that I should take a few pay cuts.”
Turns out, the pay gap had nothing to do with what you have between your legs. Accountancy firm PwC performed a “detailed analysis and a thorough equal pay sampling exercise” on gender equality. It found where there were differences between men and women in the same role it was “typically driven by material and justifiable factors unrelated to gender”, such as level of experience, skills and “market influences”.
The report went on, “Not everyone is paid the same, and in some cases, men and women in comparable roles are paid differently. While there are some differences to address, we have not seen anything in our work which leads us to believe this is as a result of gender bias in the setting of pay.”