A good place to start fix­ing BBC’s pay gap

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Jane Martin­son’s ar­ti­cle (There is no quick fix to clos­ing the BBC gen­der pay gap, 12 July) calls to mind Lord Sump­tion’s ar­gu­ment that press­ing for­ward with gen­der equal­ity in the ju­di­ciary would lead to a de­struc­tion of “the del­i­cate bal­ance of the le­gal sys­tem”. She says “sim­ply hand­ing over a chunk of change to a hand­ful of women won’t nec­es­sar­ily change decades of en­trenched be­hav­iour”. Maybe. But it’s a pretty good place to start. Other ju­ris­dic­tions, most no­tably Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries, have man­aged to re­dress the gen­der equal­ity im­bal­ance seem­ingly ef­fort­lessly. Why do we keep think­ing up imag­i­nary in­sur­mount­able ob­sta­cles?

Kris­ti­ina Reed

Wind­sor, Berk­shire

Tony Hall (Huge progress at BBC says Hall, 12 July) states that the mar­ket for Gary Lineker is “ab­so­lutely real” be­cause he can go some­where else. That’s OK, let him go. I watch Match of the Day for the foot­ball. I would con­tinue to watch it if he goes.

Matt Hughes

Bris­tol

The head of the BBC says es­tab­lish­ing equal pay for women do­ing work of equal value to those of their male col­leagues will take time to en­act. The Equal Pay Act came into force in 1970. Just how much time does the in­sti­tu­tion re­quire?

Paul Beachcroft

Leigh, Greater Manch­ester

My li­cence fee has risen from £147 to £150. The of­fi­cial web­site, which ex­plains what good value it is, says noth­ing about the £58m paid to Capita to ag­gres­sively pros­e­cute non­pay­ers, of which one in three cases are thrown out. Of those left with a crim­i­nal record, 75% are women. The fact that the BBC’s top 12 earn­ers are still men is te­diously pre­dictable.

Jane Pur­cell

Lon­don

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