BBC Gender Pay Gap Narrows

The just-published BBC's gender pay gap report for 2017/2018 states that some progress has been made during the past year. The median gap has fallen from 9.3% to 7.6% and the mean gap from 10.7% to 8.4%.

As reported, the results were achieved through several measures: Establishment of fair pay principles; introduction of a system of transparency on pay and career progress structure for employees; a new on-air pay framework; and, pay cuts for some and increases for others.

The Global Media Monitoring Project network has for some time advocated for media houses to publish gender-disaggregated data on workforce indicators (see GMMP 2015 report, pg. 100) as a step towards advancing gender equality. This development at the BBC is preceded by salary disclosures in July 2017, the subsequent resignation of China editor Carrie Gracie, and strong criticisms of the gender pay gap by several employees (see BBC stars' open letter here).

The BBC has also set targets to achieve diversity in its workforce by 2020, including: 50% women across all staff; 15% black, Asian and ethnic minorities across all staff; and, 8% LGBT off-air and on-screen portrayal.

  • Download the BBC gender pay gap report 2017/2018 here.
  • Download the Review report on culture and progression for women here
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    Advancing gender equality in media

    In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

    Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
    Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
    Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
    More female journalists, editors and media house managers

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