The presenter of the BBC recalls “horrific” harassment

The presenter of the BBC’s Martha Kearney has recalled the “horrific and humiliating” the sexual harassment she experienced as a young journalist.

Kearney, a new host on a Radio 4 programme Today, has revealed men are touched her buttocks while she is the CL of Westminster in the 1980s.

She said she regrets not cope with his bosses, and hope that the #MeToo campaign will make a difference.

“I wish I felt stronger, less intimidated,” she told the Radio Times.

“But in my 20 years patrons were powerful people.”

She continued: “I don’t have to complain. It was the world of work, the rough and tumble of the newsroom.

“The young women I work with Today have zero tolerance.”

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Kearney, who was until recently the host of the World At One, also spoke to the BBC of the wage gap between the sexes, saying that it was time to see if the company leadership to honour their promises on equal pay.

Last year, a report of the men working for the BBC gained an average of 9.3% more than women, compared to a national average of 18% more.

It followed a row over star salaries, in which it was revealed that most of the high-earning presenters were men.

“There was anger and shock when the salary figures came out,” Kearney said.

“Now, the BBC is moving in the right direction, but the pace may not be as fast as we would like.”

Kearney Today has taken the program role of Sarah Montague, months after it was revealed Montague was earning significantly less than his co-presenters.

Montague moved in The World To the other in March.

Kearney has also stated that it covered “enough” stories about equal pay for know there were “structural problems” and a need to make workplaces more “family friendly”.

She added: “But there’s another thing, I think it’s unconscious bias of large organizations.”

BBC director general Tony Hall has pledged to close the BBC of the wage gap between the sexes by 2020.