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45 Female BBC Presenters Writes An Open Letter To Boss Demanding A Pay Rise(See List)

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Dozens of top female celebrities and presenters have urged BBC chief Tony Hall to tackle the huge gap in wages between the broadcaster’s sexes.

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More than 40 women, many of them household names, have written an open letter to the Director-General calling on him to “correct this disparity” which they say has been suspected internally for years.


It follows the Beeb row which broke out last week after official figures revealed a huge pay gulf.

Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire, Angela Rippon, Sue Barker and Radio 4’s Today host Mishal Husain are among those who have backed the letter, which calls on Lord Hall to “act now” to resolve the issue.

They jointly offer to meet him, saying they want to use their “strong and loud voices” to ensure “that future generations of women do not face this kind of discrimination.”

It reads:

“The pay details released in the Annual report showed what many of us have suspected for many years … that women at the BBC are being paid less than men for the same work.

“Compared to many women and men, we are very well compensated and fortunate. However, this is an age of equality and the BBC is an organisation that prides itself on its values.

“You have said that you will ‘sort’ the gender pay gap by 2020, but the BBC has known about the pay disparity for years.

Full list of female presenters who have signed the letter

Aasmah Mir
Katya Adler
Anita Anand
Wendy Austin
Samira Ahmed
Clare Balding
Emma Barnett
Zeinab Badawi
Sue Barker
Fiona Bruce
Rachel Burden
Annabel Croft
Martine Croxall
Victoria Derbyshire
Katie Derham
Lyse Doucet
Jane Garvey
Joanna Gosling
Fi Glover
Carrie Gracie
Orla Guerin
Karin Giannone
Mishal Husain
Lucy Hockings
Geeta Guru-Murthy
Alex Jones
Kirsty Lang
Gabby Logan
Martha Kearney
Carolyn Quinn
Kasia Madera
Katty Kay
Emily Maitlis
Louise Minchin
Sarah Montague
Jenni Murray
Annita McVeigh
Elaine Paige
Sally Nugent
Angela Rippon
Ritula Shah
Sarah Smith
Kate Silverton
Charlotte Smith
Kirsty Wark

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