Piers Morgan says ITV is the BBC in reverse because women dominate

first_imgGood Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan has criticised the BBC for their gender pay gap ahead of the salaries of their top-paid employees being released.He has claimed the BBC doesn’t practice what it preaches when it comes to equality – and that ITV is leaps and bounds ahead of the state broadcaster in terms of gender fairness.The BBC has admitted that two-thirds of their top-paid employees are men, and it is expected to be revealed that top female journalists and presenters are paid less than their male counterparts.Gesturing to fellow presenters Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins, Mr Morgan said women “dominate” at ITV. A BBC source said: “We look forward to seeing how ITV compares when all large employers have to report their gender pay gap next year.”The leader of the Women’s Equality Party, Sophie Walker, said: “Middle class white guys always say they’re hiring the best person for the job when they hire people who look and sound like them. It can’t be true that there are just more talented men in entertainment.”Of the 96 top names earning £150,000 or more, 62 are male and 34 are female. He also pointed out that the CEO of ITV is a woman. It was recently announced that the former boss of EasyJet, Carolyn McCall, is their new chief executive. The presenter said: “We are the BBC in reverse! We are a shining example of equality – the women dominate on ITV!”Susanna Reid asked whether it was fair that the BBC appears to pay men more than it does women. Releasing the BBC annual report, Lord Hall, the director-general, said: “At the moment, of the talent earning over £150,000, two-thirds are men and one-third are women.“Is that where we want to be? No.”BBC Radio 4 presenter Jane Garvey is set to present a segment on the pay gap on Woman’s Hour this morning.She tweeted: “I’m looking forward to presenting @BBCWomansHour today. We’ll be discussing #GenderPayGap . As we’ve done since 1946. Going well, isn’t it?”. Pay details of those at BBC who earn over £150K to be released, with 2/3 said to be men. @jonathanshalit @SophieRunning discussing now @GMB— Charlotte Hawkins (@CharlotteHawkns) July 19, 2017 I’m looking forward to presenting @BBCWomansHour today. We’ll be discussing #GenderPayGap . As we’ve done since 1946. Going well, isn’t it? https://t.co/j2M6oQBqde— Jane Garvey (@janegarvey1) July 19, 2017 She said: “Does that mean two-thirds of the people at the top of their game are men? Surely it should be equal?”Piers Morgan agreed, saying: “They preach about equality but I’m not seeing much evidence the BBC practices what it preaches!” Exactly. I get paid per word, which is why I never stop talking. https://t.co/VhNnpgxkEV— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 19, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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