The BBC director general Tony Hall has hinted to cutting the salaries of its ‘overpaid’ male talent.
Earlier in the week, Hall attended a meeting with Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, alongside BBC chairman David Clementi.
At the meeting, Hall claimed that work to close the gender pay gap was “already under way”
Hall also promised that BBC wages would “look very different” next year, and promised that sorting the pay gap was his “personal priority.”
He also reiterated the BBC’s commitment to close the pay gap by 2020, hinting that this could be achieved by reducing the salary of some of the male stars.
“We have tight budgets, and we want to make sure we do what is right,” Hall said.
“But also, we’ve got to recognise that we have limited funds to deal with these issues.
“I absolutely can’t tell you now what the figure is going to be that we disclose in our annual report for next year, but I am determined to both get the issues we need to tackle right and also to make sure that we get the right balance of pay for our key presenters.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the BBC also reiterated its policies in cases of harassment and bullying, after it was revealed that the company was currently investigating 25 live cases of harassment.
Deputy director general Anne Bulford said. “After the Weinstein material was published, we reminded staff again of the procedures,” she explained, after reiterating that “all the time we are encouraging people to step forward.”
Bulford admitted that the BBC has seen a recent “spike” in bullying/harassment complaints cases, which are currently at a three-year high.
However, she said surveys and internal “temperature checks” prove that progress has been made as staff feel “more confident” now about reporting issues.
The deputy promised that the BBC has also made “good progress” on the time it takes to investigate any harassment complaints.