Though the fight for gender equality has made great strides, there is still a long way to go, particularly when it comes to equal pay. But today, January 26th, six male BBC journalists agreed to a pay cut, bringing the network closer to eliminating the gender wage gap.
The BBC reported that the journalists who have agreed to lower salaries are Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Nick Robinson, Jon Sopel, and Jeremy Vine. Vine was formerly the highest paid in the group, making as much as £749,999 in a year. Sopel, the BBC’s America editor, with a salary of £200,000-249,999, made the least out of the six.
In July, the BBC publicly released the salaries of its newscasters for the first time ever, sparking outrage when it was revealed that two-thirds of those earning more than £200,000 a year were men. In January, BBC’s China editor Carrie Gracie resigned in protest of this wage gap. Gracie’s outrage was exacerbated by the fact that, out of four international editors, the two male editors were paid 50 percent more than the two female editors.
The network has stated that the details of the newscasters’ pay decrease are still being negotiated.
But while the BBC’s efforts to lessen the gender pay gap are laudable, some felt that the female journalists should have simply gotten a raise.
We’re glad to see the BBC taking action to eliminate the gender wage gap. But we still have a long way to go in the fight for equal pay — not only for white women, but for women of color as well. We hope that, in the future, the BBC and all networks will compensate the members of their staff fairly, no matter what their gender is.