ITN pays male employees 19.6 per cent more than female counterparts

ITN pays its male employees 19.6 per cent more than their female counterparts, according to new data.

ITN also reported a bonus pay gap of 77 per cent and that 17 of its 20 top earners are men.

ITN currently makes news programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Under new government rules, all employers with 250 or more employees will have to measure and report their gender pay gaps for the first time.

Women currently earn around 18 per cent less on average than men, despite continued efforts to remove barriers in the workplace. Employers have a critical role to play to help close the gender pay gap.

Comparisons between ITN and the BBC have been drawn. In October 2017, the BBC reported a gender pay gap of 9.3 per cent, just months after it came under fire after releasing the salaries of its top stars.

In July, it was reported that only a third of women were amongst the highest earners at the BBC.

Claudia Winkleman is the highest paid woman, earning £450,000; while Chris Evans is the highest paid man, earning £2.2 million.

The list comprised of 96 stars who earn over £150,000 a year. Of the 96, 62 are male and 34 are female.

Speaking about ITN’s statistics, Channel 4 news host, Cathy Newman tweeted, “Shows just how pervasive inequality is.”

“I’m very fortunate to be fairly paid but I will continue speaking out for the many colleagues who aren’t.”

Sophie Walker, Leader of the Women’s Equality Party, said, “Public service broadcasters have a responsibility to set an example on equality and diversity.”

“Given recent revelations, Ofcom, in line with its duty to promote equality in broadcasting, should investigate whether ITN and BBC channels are meeting those standards.”

“ITN’s 19.6 per cent gender pay gap is twice the size of the BBC’s and higher than the national average, while the bonus gap of 77 per cent is extraordinary.”

“A target to halve the pay gap in five years is nowhere near good enough.”

“ITN should now publish data on the make-up of applications, shortlisting, promotions, and interviews, broken down by gender, disability, and ethnicity so that we can see at what stage women are being held back.”

“If women are paid less than men and locked out of top jobs, it is inevitable that there will be knock-on effects in both commissioning decisions and on-screen portrayals of women.”

Speaking about the efforts to close the gender pay gap, John Hardie, ITN’s chief executive said, “We are putting in place tough targets, including halving our pay gap within five years, alongside initiatives that will empower and support women in order to progress their careers.”

“Solving these long-term issues will not happen overnight but ITN is committed to tackling the root causes in order to provide a culture in which everyone’s voice is heard and the path to the top is open to all.”

Alison Simpson
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Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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