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Male BBC Presenters Agree to Pay Cut After Female Colleague Resigns Over Pay Gap

Shortly after BBC China editor Carrie Gracie resigned over unequal pay between men and women, six top male presenters at the media company have agreed to a pay cut.

Gracie left her post as an editor after BBC published a list of the on-air talent who made over £150,000 and two-thirds of them were men. She remained with the BBC in the TV newsroom, “where I expect to be paid equally.” Gracie was paid £135,000 a year as an international editor.

Presenters Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine have accepted pay cuts as a result of the protest. Their new salaries haven’t yet been released by the BBC. The highest-earning was Jeremy Vine, who earned between £700,000 and £749,999 in 2016–17. The lowest-earning was BBC’s North America editor Jon Sopel, who earned between £200,000 and £249,999.

Vine said that it was a “no-brainer” to take the pay cut. “I think it needs to be sorted out and I support my female colleagues who have rightly said they should be paid the same when they’re doing the same job,” he said. “It’s just a no-brainer, so it wasn’t a problem for me to accept one [a pay cut].”

When you’re making about a million dollars a year, a pay cut is kind of the least you can do.

6 Male BBC Presenters Agree to Pay Cut