Four of the BBC’s leading male news presenters have agreed to take a pay cut after revelations about equal pay.
Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys, Huw Edwards and Jon Sopel have all agreed, either formally or in principle, to reduce their wages.
It follows Carrie Gracie resignation from the post of BBC China editor in protest against the unequal pay between men and women international publishers.
An independent audit in equal pay at the BBC will be published next week.
How much the BBC pays its stars
BBC editor quits post on the equal compensation line
The BBC has revealed the pay on-air talent earning more than Â£150,000 in July 2017, with two-third part of the stars earn more than men.
Chris Evans at the head of the list, the income is between Â£2.2 m and Â£2.25 m in 2016/2017.
The highest paid woman, Claudia Winkleman, earned significantly less – between Â£450,000 and Â£ 500,000.
Sopel and his Middle East counterpart, Jeremy Bowen, both to the list, but Gracie and the BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler has not.
Gracie is now back to the news room of the BBC in London, she says that she expects to be “paid fairly”.
The four speakers who have agreed to the cut have been listed at the following wages:
Jeremy Vine – Radio 2 presenter earned between Â£700,000 – Â£749,999 in 2016/17
John Humphrys – the Today programme presenter earned between Â£600,000 – Â£649,999 in 2016/17
Huw Edwards the presenter of BBC News earned between Â£550,000 and Â£599,999 in 2016/17
Jon Sopel – BBC North America editor earned between Â£200,000 and Â£249,999 in 2016/17
It is not yet known how much of the salary reductions.
The BBC media editor, Amol Rajan, said while competition in the entertainment industry has intensified, the opposite has happened in the news.
“Many of those who are now taking pay cuts guaranteed generous offers of years,” he said.
“This world has gone – and these presenters now accept that part of their wages will need to go with him.”Out of the air of the controversy
Humphrys and Sopel caused controversy earlier this month when an off-air conversation on the gender pay gap has been recorded and published.
In the course of trade before an episode Today, the pair have joked about “surrender” pay to keep Gracie in the role.
Humphrys has since defended the comments in a “jokey” exchange with an “old friend”.
The BBC has been “deeply disappointed”, a company source.Compensation and fairness”
Gracie is due to appear before a selection committee of Mps next week, shortly before the director-general of the BBC, Lord Tony Hall, his deputy, Anne Bulford, and the director of news and current affairs, Fran Unsworth.
They have been called to discuss what action the company to remedy the pay gap.
There have been three surveys in remuneration between men and women:
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 pledged 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”.