WION Web Team London, United Kingdom
Jul 19, 2017, 11.10 AM
Britain's oldest media house the BBC today revealed its pay structure of top journalists and presenters as part of disclosure ordered by the government.
The British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) revealed huge pay disparity between male and female journalists as the national broadcaster named its highest earners for the first time.
BBC's Chris Evans, the radio and TV presenter who hosted Top Gear for one series, was the top earner, taking home up to 2.25 million pounds ($3.3 million) last year. Some two-thirds of the highest paid were men.
In contrast, the highest paid woman was entertainment presenter Claudia Winkleman, who earned less than half a million pounds for "Strictly Come Dancing" and other shows.
Salaries paid to its top journalists showed a similar disparity, with the male presenter of the main nightly news bulletin earning around 200,000 pounds a year more than his female counterpart.
The BBC is funded by a licence fee levied on all TV-watching households across Britain.