Sunday, January 12, 2020


The Sunday Times claims the BBC has coughed up £3m to avoid further equal pay claims reaching tribunals - but the newspaper's source for the story is not clear.

"The BBC is counting the cost of its equal pay fiasco this weekend with the disclosure that it has quietly paid out more than £3m to its broadcasters and backroom staff to avoid employment tribunals. Sources say it paid one person more than £1m, although the BBC disputes this."

"The corporation must now decide whether to make settlements to around 50 other people or risk further public embarrassment after it lost a significant case against broadcaster Samira Ahmed.

Naga Munchetty and Louise Minchin, the BBC Breakfast hosts, and Rachel Burden, the Radio 5 Live presenter, are among staff who lodged a collective pay grievance 13 months ago."

If, say, someone had been earning £100,000 less a year than a co-presenter, for ten years, £1m might be right.

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