The BBC Narrows, Does Not Close, the Pay Gap Among Male and Female Presenters

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The BBC has narrowed the pay gap between male and female presenters, though disparity remains.


After making significant cuts to a number of male stars’ salaries, the British public broadcaster has reduced the male-female split among top-earning talent from 75/25 in 2017 to 60/40, per Deadline. Fourteen women now earn more than £200,000 annually—which is double the number of women doing so last year, The Guardian reports—including Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, Woman’s Hour’s Jane Garvey, and The World at One’s Sarah Montague.

Despite these gains, the highest paid presenters are men, as are two-thirds of those earning more than £150,000 annually. Match of the Day’s Gary Linker is paid between £1.75m and £1.76m, while Strictly Come Dancing’s Claudia Winkelman, the BBC’s highest-paid female star, is paid between £370,000 and £379,000.


This gendered wage disparity reflects a broader one at the BBC, where the median pay gap between men and women is 7.6 percent and the mean pay gap is 8.4 percent. There’s still “more to do,” said BBC director general Tony Hall, who hopes to close the gap by 2020.

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It’s important to note that there’s been a major change since last time which has altered a lot of the rankings which is that the in-house BBC Studios (which produces a lot of their entertainment content) is no longer required to report its salaries similar to third party production companies like Kudos. So while Graham Norton gets that salary for his still internal BBC stuff the Graham Norton Show is produced outside the BBC which means his salary from that doesn’t have to be disclosed.

I’m all for the increased transparency of pay, promotion, tax, etc but so many of the rules surrounding the disclosure, the BBC in particular, and the lack of explanation and context regarding why the gap exists in each company makes so much of the data and comparisons (comparing the gap between say a single industry small business and a County Council which does everything from social care to bins for example) worthless.