BBC to level the salary divide between male and female hosts
As part of a campaign against gender discrimination, male BBC presenters are facing salary cuts.
At the moment, there are 62 men and 34 women among the BBC presenters being paid over GBP 150 000 a year. The first three are Chris Evans, a DJ and radio show host (GBP 2.2 million), Gary Lineker, a football analyst (GBP 1.8 million) and Graham Norton, a talk show host (GBP 900 000).
The highest paid among the female presenters is Claudia Winckelman, a dancing show host, earning GBP 500 000.
According to the new plan, salaries will be equaled by 2020 by introducing cuts for male presenters and increasing the salaries of female presenters.
The plan has been well accepted by the public. The British minister of culture called it a step forward in an effort to eliminate discrimination against women. None of the male presenters publicly objected to it.