The BBC is paying women reporters on its TV news bulletins an average of Â£6,500 a year less than their male colleagues. The data has been obtained by the National Union of Journalists under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Independent reports that the disclosure will support claims of a glass ceiling and raise questions about the fairness of the pay structure. In response the BBC said: “To help put the information in context, it is worth noting that the relative experience of specialist correspondents is likely to be reflected in their salaries. Therefore, we have also included the average ages of and lengths of service for the sample group, as they may be an indicator of relative levels of experience.”
And it turns out that the average age of female correspondents is 41 while the figure for men is 46. That raises another question: why the age differential?