LONDON (Reuters) – The BBC said three women – Claudia Winkleman, Vanessa Feltz and Zoe Ball – had joined the list of its top 10 paid stars, a change the publicly funded British broadcaster said demonstrated the progress it was making in closing its gender pay gap.
The BBC was criticized two years ago when it was forced to disclose that 75% of its staff paid more than 150,000 pounds a year were men, with its highest 10 earners all men.
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The corporation’s Director-General Tony Hall said the broadcaster had “turned the corner” on gender pay.
“When we first published the figures for top talent, there was a 75:25 split between men and women,” he said on Tuesday.
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“The projection for 2019/20 is now 55:45. This is significant change. The task is not complete, we are not complacent, but we are well on our way.”
The broadcaster was compelled by the government to disclose the salaries of its on-screen talent, a move that revealed the gender pay gap. Prime minister Theresa May was one of those to criticize it, saying it was paying women less for doing the same job as the men.
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Gary Lineker, the face of BBC soccer and a former England striker, was again the top earner, with a salary up to 1.75 million pounds ($2.2 million) for presenting “Match of the Day” and the broadcaster’s World Cup coverage.
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