© 2020 BBC. The gender pay report has been published alongside an equal pay audit, which has been conducted by consultancy firm PwC and legal firm Eversheds, and was overseen by former Court of Appeal judge Sir Patrick Elias. But Sir Patrick added: "These failings apply across the board, affecting both men and women alike.". “The idea that a man should automatically be ‘the family breadwinner’ has long since ceased to be relevant. New figures show the BBC’s gender pay gap has been reduced by nearly a fifth over the past year. In his review, Sir Patrick Elias said: “The conclusion in the report that there is no systemic discrimination against women in the BBC’s pay arrangements for these staff is, in my judgment, amply borne out by the statistical evidence and is further supported by the analysis of particular cases carried out by Eversheds.”. “What this will do is that it will stoke up the politics of envy ... People will say, well, why is a nurse worth less than Gary Lineker or Chris Evans, and that’s a completely meaningless debate. “We also know we’ve lost people, not Chris, but to Amazon and to other big players ... Also the choice for some of our talent is to go and do something completely different because they’re entertainers ... that is the market we’re dealing with. The list of 96 top earners exposed a series of gender disparities on pay in sports coverage, news, radio and TV. Jeremy Vine sounded defensive when he was challenged about his £700,000 plus salary by a former coal miner during a phone-in on Vine’s Radio 2 show. There are now many families in which the woman is the main breadwinner, yet this notion of male superiority in remuneration stubbornly persists.”, Daniel Bevan from Portsmouth thinks the pay gap is “a ridiculous and unjustified throwback to a time when women were seen as unequal”. Given that no other broadcaster publishes the pay of its stars this is difficult to prove, but Tony Hall, the director general, insists the BBC aims to pay people at a discount to the market while Gary Lineker, one of the top earners, insists he has been offered more lucrative deals to leave. One publicly available pay deal is for Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily Mail, who gets £1.5m a year - which would put him second on the BBC’s list behind Chris Evans. In the BBC's annual report, it is revealed that Evans made between £2.2m and £2.25m in 2016/2017, while Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celebrity… Covid vaccines: How safe are they really? Copies of the gender pay gap report, equal pay audit, management actions, draft pay principles, and the judge’s commentary, can be found here: Today’s publications are not the BBC’s last word on gender pay issues, as the BBC we will set out actions on our approach to on-air presenters, editors and correspondents, by the end of the year. “I feel very lucky every day is the answer,” Vine said. While the BBC is making real progress, there is much work to do - not least on presenter pay and representation - and the BBC will update on progress by the end of the year. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Men working for the BBC earn an average of 9.3% more than women, a report into the corporation's staff pay has found. The disability pay gap is 3.3%, it found, while the gap affecting black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff is 0.4%. Lord Hall defended Evans’s pay uring a briefing on the annual report. Sir Patrick said the reason behind the 9.3% figure was "an under-representation of women in the more senior jobs". They will likely try to rely on years’ of experience, audience ratings for particular shows and differences between programme genres but, if the disparities are as striking as many expect them to be, it will not be an easy argument.”, Available for everyone, funded by readers, Sir Philip Hampton, asked by government to look at how to raise number of women in senior business roles, branded out of touch, Newsnight presenter tells tech conference: ‘You’re an industry doing so well, soon you’ll be able to afford a BBC man’, Pay of BBC’s best-paid star Chris Evans in 2016 equalled that of all BME high-earners put together, The BBC’s top presenter, Chris Evans, is doorstepped by journalists following the revelation that he is the broadcaster’s highest-paid presenter. The BBC will also continue to consult with staff and unions as we move forward and deliver change. The BBC has also voluntarily audited its BAME pay gap which is significantly lower at 0.4 percent. All organisations with more than 250 employees are required to publish a gender pay gap report by April 2018. In a series of statements published on his Twitter account he said: “This is just another example of the champagne socialism which permeates many public sector organisations and is yet another reason whey the unfair licence fee ought to be abolished and the BBC made to earn its money rather than it be gifted to it from those who often cannot pay.”, Red faces and fat wallets at the BBC!