The director general of the BBC, Tony Hall, has responded to a letter from the a group of female stars who called on the broadcaster to address a gender pay gap, following the publication of key talent salaries last week.
The group of female presenters including Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire, Emily Maitlis and Fiona Bruce wrote, “You have said that you will ‘sort’ the gender pay gap by 2020, but the BBC has known about the pay disparity for years. We all want to go on the record to call upon you to act now.”
Hall responded with his own letter, acknowledging that the organisation must do more to fix the problem.
Fixing the problem has been a “personal priority” and he hopes to step up his aim of closing the gap even earlier than a 2020 target.
“We are not however making a standing start. Work is already well under way across the organisation to help achieve this,” he wrote.
“There will be wider consultation meetings over the next two months so we can accelerate further change in the autumn. I would obviously value your contribution and thinking as part of this process.
“When figures are published next year I am confident they will look very different.
“When other organisations publish their gender pay data by next April, I want the BBC to be one of the best performers when comparisons are made.
“But beyond that over the next three years I want the BBC to be regarded as an exemplar on gender and diversity.”