More equal pay problems at the BBC
The principle of equal pay is that you should pay men and women equal pay for equal work unless the difference is due to a material factor which is neither directly nor indirectly sex discriminatory.
In Ahmed v BBC an employment tribunal has decided that Samira Ahmed's work on Newswatch was like, or of equal value to, Jeremy Vine's work on Points of View for equal pay purposes. For each episode, the BBC paid Ms Ahmed £440 but paid Mr Vine £3,000.
Each presenter led a 15-minute pre-recorded programme with a magazine format, which discussed viewers' opinions. The producers wrote the scripts. There was no material factor to justify the difference in their pay. The tribunal said, having a "glint in the eye'' did not require any particular skill or experience.
Ms Ahmed could now be awarded up to £700,000 in compensation.
Also this month, Sarah Montague, a BBC radio presenter, has confirmed that in 2019 she secured a £400,000 settlement and an apology from the BBC after finding out that her £133,000 salary was lower than that of her co-presenters.