The presenter of the BBC’s John Humphrys has said that he is going to win the “very least”, after agreeing to take a wage reduction.
The program of Today and Mastermind host has been paid between Â£600,000 – Â£649,999 in 2016/17.
It is one of the six male stars who have agreed to earn less after the revelations about the differences between men and women in society.
He refused to confirm exactly how much it is going to lose, but we think he’s going to earn roughly half of what he has done before.
Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine have also accepted wage cuts, the BBC said.
The move comes after the BBC revealed the pay on-air talent earning more than Â£150,000 in July. Two-thirds of the stars on the list, including the top seven employees, were men.
Earlier this month, Carrie Gracie has resigned from his position as the BBC’s China editor in protest against the unequal pay between men and women international publishers.
Talk about his salary, Humphrys said that it “seemed fair” for him to take a pay reduction.
Interviewed by the BBC media correspondent David Sillito whether he was happy to have his salary cut in half, he answered that the new amount was “not exactly a pathetically low salary”.
He said: “Most people who listen to this would probably say,” It’s not worth the same, is it?’
“It is still a lot of money. A lot less than what it was, which just goes to show that what I won was a very large sum of money, and it seems, as I said, quite right to take a little less.”
The BBC did not comment on how many of the six speakers would now receive.
Humphrys was recently criticised for an air of conversation with Jon Sopel, BBC North America editor, who earned Â£ 200,000-Â£249,999 in 2016/17, in comparison with Carrie Gracie’s Â£135,000 per year.
In their exchanges, Humphrys would have asked Sopel on the amount of your salary that you are ready to hand over to Carrie Gracie for keeping it.”
He then made reference to “other men who earn too much” to the BBC.
When asked about the conversation, which took place during the Humphrys has been preparing for the interview Sopel for Radio 4 program Today, Humphrys, said the pair were “having a bit of a joke”.
He said: “It was four o’clock in the morning, I was making a joke with an old friend, and we were exchanging our usual insults, what is the kind of thing if you have known someone for a very long time.
“We have been taking the mickey of each other. Not Carrie Gracie or all women. It was not a kind of discussion.
“This was not a discussion. It was about 90 seconds of banter, winding each other, the kind of thing I did with Sopel 1000 times. But this time, someone has the record, and it has been fed to people outside the BBC.”
The BBC statement on the pay cuts, said: “We are very grateful to Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine, who agreed that their salary will now be reduced.
“These are great journalists and broadcasters, who have a real connection with the audience. We are proud to have them working at the BBC.
“The final details of some of these changes are still under discussion, and there are other conversations that the BBC will have with the other in due time.”
After leaving his position as China editor, Gracie is now back to the news room of the BBC in London, she says that she expects to be “paid fairly”.
On Wednesday, she will discuss this topic in front of a selection committee of Deputies, shortly before the director general of the BBC, Tony Hall, his deputy, Anne Bulford and director of news Fran Unsworth.
There have been three surveys in remuneration between men and women at the BBC:
A report was published in October, in line with a requirement on all the large organizations. It found the pay gap to the BBC was 9.3%, compared to a national average of 18.1%
A judge of the verification of the equality of remuneration between rank-and-file staff published at the same time there was “no question of any systemic gender discrimination”
A review of the BBC’s approach to the remuneration of advertisers, publishers, and correspondents is expected to be published next week
Lord Hall has already promised to close the gap by 2020, saying the company should be “an example of what can be accomplished when it comes to pay equity, gender equality and representation”.
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