Feltz on BBC pay

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Vanessa Feltz gets paid £399,000 a year as a BBC ra­dio star – con­sid­er­ably less than her male coun­ter­parts, but more than any other fe­male ra­dio pre­sen­ter. re­sen­ter. We know this be­cause all BBC salaries over ver £150,000 were e made pub­lic last month nth – much to her dis­gust. “I was s em­bar­rassed and I thought it was pruri­ent and voyeuris­tic. It is no­body’s busi­ness how much I earn,” she told Si­mon Hat­ten­stone in The Guardian. “When I worked in Bar­ratts shoe shop in Ox­ford Street, I cer­tainly didn’t dis­cuss with the other sales as­sis­tants how much are you be­ing paid, and no­body ever does in this coun­try and that is one of the nicest things about it.” Be­sides, she says, what did the ex­er­cise ac­tu­ally prove? “Be­cause there is no com­par­i­son. No­body knows, for ex­am­ple, how much peo­ple at ITV get paid. It’s like ask­ing what does ev­ery­one get paid at McDon­ald’s with­out ask­ing Burger King.” Even the ap­par­ent gen­der pay gap is not al­to­gether clear cut. “How do you prove two peo­ple on the same show are do­ing an equal job? Has one of them been around longer, has one of them been poached from some­where else and there­fore they had to be of­fered more money? Ob­vi­ously, I think peo­ple should get paid the same for the same, but in this in­stance I do think it’s a bit more com­pli­cated than that.”

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