The BBC plans to introduce a cap on how much its employees can earn at the company in an attempt to fix the gap between what males and females make in the workplace.
Under the proposal, anchors and news reporters will only be able to make up to $449,000, reports the Associated Press. The proposal, however, has yet to be officially approved, and those who get pay cuts can speak out about it.
“The BBC believes in equality. No one should be paid differently because of their gender. The BBC has a special role representing Britain. That is why we need to be and want to be an exemplar on gender pay, and equal pay,” BBC Director General Tony Hall said.
The move comes after the broadcasting company conducted an independent survey into its pay gap. The study revealed that while there was a pay gap between what men and women were earning, the company could not find any evidence of “gender bias,” according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, a group representing BBC.
“Today’s report does not find evidence of gender bias in decision-making, but it shows that we have real and important issues to tackle, particularly in some areas of news and current affairs, and I’m determined to get it right,” Hall added.
Women have been speaking out on not receiving as much pay as their male counterparts in recent months after the BBC published the salaries of their anchors last June. Many of the women were making less than their male counterparts, sparking a wave of outrage.
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