The BBC has admitted it has a gender pay problem after revealing that two-thirds of its highest-paid stars are men.
Of the 96 top names earning £150,000 or more, 62 are male and 34 are female.
Releasing the BBC annual report, Lord Hall, the director-general, said: “At the moment, of the talent earning over £150,000, two-thirds are men and one-third are women.
“Is that where we want to be? No.”
The backlash from female presenters has already begun, with one well-known name saying the corporation is stuffed with “male ‘intellectual titans’ with egos the size of planets” who have demanded huge salaries and got them.
This is one of the major reasons, actually two, that there is a gender pay gap. The choices made around motherhood mean that more men reach those tippy top heights. And men do negotiate more ferociously over pay.
Ehy should the BBC’s pay structure be different from that of the rest of society?