This past Wednesday, July 19th, the BBC released a report which revealed the huge gender pay gap and lack of diversity among its top earners. About two-thirds of BBC stars earning more than £150,000 are male, compared to one-third female. Instead of taking the news sitting down, Mishal Husain, a presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, interviewed her boss, the BBC Director-General Lord Tony Hall and held his feet to the fire over the statistics:
Husain led the conversation and wouldn't let up. She asks Hall about the pay gap, and he dances around answering directly:
By 2020 we’ll have equality between men and women on air, and we’ll have the pay gap sorted by then too. Whatever company we’re in to look at the gender pay gap and do something about it and I’m committed to doing something about it.
Husain pressed him for specifics, asking if women's overall wages were going to go up. He responded strangely with an answer about "living within our means." Husain had the perfect retort:
I’m not sure what that means in terms of managing the gender pay gap - does that mean you’re going to be asking the men to take a pay cut?
Hall replies they'll be "working through case-by-case," giving some stats about their efforts to improve equality in hosted programs and drama. Before long, the segment had run out of time, but fans were eager for more!
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