So, here’s a good reporter then

Sarah Montague, the BBC Radio 4 Today presenter, has attacked the corporation’s gender pay report and said its findings are “very hard to believe”.

Montague said she was “gobsmacked” by the claim that the gender pay gap for presenters and journalists is only 6.8 per cent, well below the national average.

Montague, who has remained largely silent on the issue since the pay disclosures in July, said: “There is a problem. I was gobsmacked when I saw the suggestion from PwC that in the on-air presenting group [the pay gap] was only 6.8 per cent.

“I find that very hard to believe. I’d love to know who was in the group, who they were looking at, who was excluded and how they did the metrics of it. I’d just love to know that.”

Why not try reading the report?

10 comments on “So, here’s a good reporter then

  1. Montague isn’t a reporter, she’s a mouthpiece for spouting out chattering class received opinions. You can’t expect her to read the report-she might learn something that conflicts with the current trendy dogma and that would never do.

  2. I’ll bet she hasn’t read the leaked treasury report but will beleive the headline numbers.

    She should try her hand at interviewing Jordon Peterson.

  3. Sh is, without doubt, an awful interviewer; constantly leading with her prejudices. She also has a dreadful habit of turning final “n’s” into “m”s, as in “constitutiom”; which makes me run around screaming.

  4. She also says “gonna” repeatedly and her laugh is like a braying donkey.

    A face for radio and a voice emphatically not for radio

  5. I’m glad you mentioned the laugh, BF. When she first got the Today job I found her peals of girlish laughter quite tiresome.

    I can’t listen any more though I sometimes turn on the radio hoping to catch the headlines or the weather. The other day I got that Robinson chap interviewing two women about cervical cancer. Does Woman’s Hour bang on about Brexit and Trump?

  6. Of her own situation, Montague told Radio Times: “I’ve got daughters. When I was 20 I wouldn’t have in a million years thought I could be in the situation I was in last July, when I discovered what I discovered about my pay.”

    Yeah. I bet she thought she would never be earning more than £20,000 a year.

    Which would be about right.

  7. “the gender pay gap for presenters and journalists is only 6.8 per cent, well below the national average”

    It’s hardly a surprise, is it? National, highly-visible left-leaning quasi public sector organisation has a lower GWG than the national average.

    How would they have reacted if the report had revealed that women at the BBC were actually paid more than men?

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