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Female presenters to sue BBC after wage gap disclosure

The BBC said it would close the gender gap by 2020. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team London, United Kingdom Jul 22, 2017, 04.44 PM (IST)

At least 10 female presenters are reportedly preparing to sue the BBC after it disclosed the pay structure of top journalists and presenters last week on a directive by the government to publish a list of people earning more than £150,000.

The disclosure by Britain's most popular media house infuriated women presenters after it emerged that some two-thirds of the highest paid presenters were men, and revealed a huge gender pay disparity between the media house's male and female journalists.

Radio 4 Woman's Hour presenter Jane Garvey, who is fronting a group of household names from both television and radio told The Independent that a legal claim was "certainly a possibility".

Most female presenters are reportedly furious that their male counterparts are much better paid, despite doing the same job.

Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis is reportedly upset that her name is not in the list, even though her co-presenter on the show, Evan Davis, earns up to £299,000 a year, The Independent report said.

The highest paid female presenter is Claudia Winkleman, who earned less than half a million pounds for her work on "Strictly Come Dancing" and other shows. On the other hand, Chris Evans, the presenter of Britain's most popular breakfast radio show who also hosted motoring programme "Top Gear" for one series, receiving up to 2.25 million pounds ($2.9 million) in 2016/17.

Salaries paid to the BBC's top journalists showed a similar gender gap, with a male news anchor earning around 200,000 pounds a year more than his female counterpart.

The BBC said it would close the gender gap by 2020.

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