Snow’s wage cut ‘25 years too late’

Daily Mail - - News - By Kather­ine Rush­ton and Jaya Narain

CHAN­NEL 4 news an­chor Jon Snow took his pay cut ‘25 years too late’, his col­league Cathy New­man claimed yes­ter­day

Mr Snow gave up a quar­ter of his salary last year in what he de­scribed as a ‘co­op­er­a­tive ges­ture’ amid a gen­der pay row. But Miss New­man said the move should have come far sooner.

‘To give Jon Snow his credit, he took a 25 per cent pay cut but it’s kind of 25 years too late re­ally,’ she said.

The pre­sen­ter said she had ex­pected a gen­der pay gap at ITN, which makes Chan­nel 4 News, but had been stunned by the scale of it.

‘I can’t say I was wholly sur­prised... be­cause it seems to me this seems that this is still a prob­lem across so­ci­ety from banks to broad­cast­ers to su­per­mar­kets. It’s en­demic,’ she said. ‘But I have to say, I was shocked at the dis­par­ity – worse than the na­tional av­er­age and worse than the BBC.’

Last year, ITN ad­mit­ted to pay­ing men an av­er­age of 19.6 per cent more than women, with 17 of its 20 top earn­ers be­ing men. The gap has since fallen to 16.7 per cent.

Speak­ing at an ed­u­ca­tion con­fer­ence at Brighton Col­lege yes­ter­day, Miss New­man also told how she had suf­fered sex­ism at work through­out her jour­nal­ism ca­reer.

Twenty years ago, when she was a re­porter for the Fi­nan­cial Times, she had to con­front her edi­tor over a £10,000 pay dif­fer­ence be­tween her and a re­cently hired male col­league. ‘I was told, “Why do you need more money? You don’t have a mort­gage or a fam­ily”, well my jaw dropped to the floor and I got the pay rise overnight.’

More re­cently, she was told by then Chan­nel 4 boss David Abra­ham that she must be paid well be­cause she was wear­ing nice shoes.

‘It’s amaz­ing to think that half a cen­tury af­ter the Equal Pay Act was in­tro­duced women, from Asda staff to BBC re­porters, are still bat­tling to the wages their male col­leagues take for granted,’ she said. ‘Too few women are get­ting the top jobs – whether that is in jour­nal­ism or teach­ing – and the top salaries that come with them, hence the gen­der pay gap.’

Pay gap: Cathy New­man and Jon Snow

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