BBC Reports Progress in Gender Pay Gap Issue

Now *just* 66 percent of the employees making north of £150,000 are men

Last Updated: July 11, 2018 @ 6:49 AM

The BBC has shrunk its pay gap between men and women, the U.K. public broadcaster touted in its 2017/18 annual report, which was released on Wednesday.

Men used to represent 76 percent of the on-air talent earning more than £150,000 annually, which is currently the equivalent of about $199,000. By the end of this latest reporting period, that gap had declined to 66 percent. It’s even lower now, management said, more like 60 percent.

Under the terms of the BBC’s charter, the company is required to publish the names of employees making more than that threshold.

Here’s what else the report had to say:

The BBC believes in equality: no one should be paid differently because of their gender. More than that, we recognize that we have a very special role to play representing the UK and leading the way. That is why we are determined to be an exemplar on gender pay and equality.

We know it is not enough to say that our gender pay gap is narrower than most other media organizations. The public, quite rightly, hold us to a higher standard. That is why we have committed to closing the gender pay gap by 2020 — something that no other large media organization has done, as far as we are aware — and why we want an equal split of men and women across our airwaves by the same year.