‘What a fool I was’: Mon­tague rages after BBC pay dis­clo­sures

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Francesca Mar­shall

SARAH MON­TAGUE, the BBC pre­sen­ter, has re­vealed that she was “in­can­des­cent with rage” when she found out that she was be­ing paid less than her male coun­ter­parts.

Mon­tague, 52, who for­merly fronted BBC Ra­dio 4’s To­day pro­gramme be­fore quit­ting last month, wrote in The Sun­day Times that her lower salary had not only made her feel like “a sap” but that it had been “pro­fes­sion­ally dam­ag­ing”.

The World at One pre­sen­ter was paid £133,000 a year for her Ra­dio 4 work un­til July. It was re­vealed that she was the only pre­sen­ter on BBC ra­dio’s flag­ship news pro­gramme who was not on the cor­po­ra­tion’s list of those earn­ing an an­nual salary of £150,000 or more.

It was also dis­closed that fel­low pre­sen­ter John Humphrys was be­ing paid more than £600,000.

Mon­tague wrote that women who were un­der­paid com­pared with male col­leagues at the BBC were an­gry that they had been “sold a pup”, adding: “For years, I had been sub­si­dis­ing other peo­ple’s life­styles. I thought there might be some mo­ral high ground from tak­ing less of the li­cence fee than oth­ers. What a fool I was.”

The pre­sen­ter also spoke of her dis­ap­point­ment that the gen­der pay gap would last her life­time be­cause she was told to set up a com­pany when she joined the BBC more than 20 years ago, mean­ing that she had not “taken a penny in ben­e­fits or ac­crued any pen­sion”.

Theresa May wrote last week in The Daily Tele­graph that the gen­der pay gap must be­come a thing of the past.

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