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Equity statement on BBC pay

19 July 2017

The previous government’s instruction to the BBC that it must publish the salaries of actors, presenters, journalists and others who earn more than £150,000 a year appeared motivated by a desire to embarrass the BBC rather than a commitment to transparency.

The listening and viewing public have no way to make a comparison of pay across the TV and radio industry so they cannot accurately judge if BBC salaries are value for money in comparison to their rivals.

Nonetheless, the apparent pay gaps in gender and for those from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background are troubling.

With this new information in mind, Equity will continue its discussions with the BBC, as it does with other broadcasters, on the issues of equality and diversity and fair pay. 

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