Senior editor Carrie Gracie quit the British Broadcasting Corporation in January after discovering an enormous pay gap between herself and her male colleagues. Since then, the BBC’s pay disparity has been getting dragged out into the open and they’re finally being forced to do something about it.
Deadline reports that the head of BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon, has been put in charge of a review process intended to “sweep away” barriers to women at the BBC. The review process is promising to cover a lot of ground and consider “working practices, policies and procedures, practical support, recruitment and professional development, leadership and management development, culture and behaviors.”
They’ll also be considering how flexible working schedules might aid anyone taking maternity leave, so they can return more easily to their job after a break. In a statement, MacKinnon suggested they’d have some idea of how to do all this by June:
“We have a bold ambition – we want the BBC to be the best place for women to work. Flexible working, job shares and development programs already make it easier for some, but by bringing in the very best new ideas from outside as well as inside the BBC, we can do even more and aim for everyone to reach their potential.”
A bold ambition to bring their organization to a place where the women don’t want to riot every single day. In the BBC’s earlier salary disclosure (forced upon them by the British government), it was revealed that the highest-earning woman star was making something in the £450,000 to £449,999 bracket. The highest paid male star, radio presenter Chris Evans, was in the £2,220,000 to £2,249,999 bracket. Just below him was Graham Norton, who takes home an annual paycheck somewhere between £850,000 and £899,999. Wonder what the pay is like in administration?