BBC Forced to Disclose Stars' Salaries, Revealing Huge Gender Gap

The highest paid star is Chris Evans, who looks pretty happy here don’t ya think? / Image via Getty
The highest paid star is Chris Evans, who looks pretty happy here don’t ya think? / Image via Getty

The public broadcasting network the BBC was ordered by the British government to publicly disclose the salaries of its top stars on Wednesday.

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The level of disclosure was set for people earning over £150,000 and reports revealed that, unsurprisingly, male stars earn far more money than their female peers. Chris Evans (not Captain America, the British presenter for radio and television) was the only star to earn a salary in the whopping £2,220,000 to £2,249,999 bracket. The second-highest-paid star, Graham Norton, was reported to be earning between £850,000 and £899,999.

But the woman presenter with the highest salary at the company, Claudia Winkelman, only earns in the £450,000 to £449,999 bracket. Nearly two-thirds of stars earning more than £150,000 are men. BBC Director-General, Lord Tony Hall, probably in anticipation of people getting angry over the wage gap, has already spoken out about the BBC’s dedication to diversity and representation on air. But he also sort of thinks the network is doing just fine and everyone maybe needs to recognize all the hard work he’s done, OK???

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“On gender and diversity, the BBC is more diverse than the broadcasting industry and the civil service,” he told the Guardian. “We have set the most stretching targets in the industry for on-air diversity and we’ve made progress, but we recognize there is more to do and we are pushing further and faster than any other broadcaster.” He also said the goal for 2020 is an equal split among women and male presenters, though I’m not sure knows that equal representation isn’t the same as equal compensation.

Thankfully Mishal Husain, a news presenter for BBC, actually had the chance to interview Hall about the pay report and she made it clear to him that hiring more women and then paying them the same as men were different goals.

“We have to manage, as we do, within our means,” Hall says, to which Husain asks if that means men will take a pay cut. But he never quite answers her questions specifically and says figuring it all out will have to be a “case by case” situation.

God, isn’t figuring out that men you work with make way, way more money than you just the best?

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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DISCUSSION

mortal-dictata
Mortal Dictata

The most shocking stat is that someone is paying whiny egotist Chris Evans anything.

This is a man who managed to sink the ship that was Top Gear into the ground yet gets £2 million for the trouble.

Also the whole list is a mess as it only includes salary paid directly by the BBC while most of its shows are done by other companies “on their behalf” which means those wages aren’t counted. For example while Graham Norton is only paid £800k that doesn’t include the Graham Norton Show, the UK’s leading late night chat show, as while it airs on the beeb it’s made by an outside company.

In terms of the gender gap the issue isn’t the pay itself as if you look closer leading politicos like Andrew Neil and Laura K all make the same pay bracket and it’s the same in drama, but rather the fact many of the “flagship” posts like 10 O’Clock News are all held by men and are overpaid for said roles to stop them jumping ship.