News­reader Snow takes 25% ‘gen­der’ pay cut

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Chan­nel 4 News pre­sen­ter Jon Snow has taken a “gen­der pay cut”, the news­reader has said.

Snow, 70, is thought to have been one of the high­est-paid news­read­ers in Bri­tain.

He said: “I’ve taken a gen­der pay cut. I did it as a co-op­er­a­tive ges­ture. I took the cut over two months ago, 25%.

“Alas, con­trac­tu­ally, I am not able to dis­close my salary then or now.”

Chan­nel 4, which em­ploys Snow, has pre­vi­ously said it is “un­ac­cept­able” that the chan­nel has a gen­der pay gap of 28.6%.

Ear­lier this year, ITN, which makes daily news programmes for ITV, Chan­nel 4 and Chan­nel 5, re­vealed it had a 19.6% gen­der pay gap.

Cathy New­man, who co-hosts Chan­nel 4 news, tweeted: “ITN has 19.6% gen­der pay gap and stag­ger­ing 77% bonus gap.

“Shows just how per­va­sive in­equal­ity is. I’m very for­tu­nate to be fairly paid but I will con­tinue speak­ing out for the many col­leagues who aren’t.”

It com­pares with a re­port on BBC staff which found the equiv­a­lent gen­der pay gap was 10.7%.

The gen­der pay gap has been in the head­lines since the salaries of top BBC tal­ent were re­vealed.

Ra­dio 2’s Chris Evans topped the list on more than £2 mil­lion, while the high­est paid wo­man was Clau­dia Win­kle­man on be­tween £450,000 and £499,999.

To­day pro­gramme host John Humphrys vol­un­teered to slash his salary, which has been cut from be­tween £600,000 and £650,000 to around £250,000-£300,000.

He pre­vi­ously said: “The BBC is in a very, very dif­fer­ent po­si­tion from what it was all those years ago when I was, like many other peo­ple in the BBC, hav­ing money pretty much thrust upon us, be­cause there was loads of money in the BBC...”

Jon Snow took the cut to close the Chan­nel 4 pay gap

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