British Presenter Wins Equal Pay Case Against the BBC

British Presenter Wins Equal Pay Case Against the BBC

BBC presenter Samira Ahmed has won her sex discrimination equal pay claim against the corporation.

Ahmed was paid less than £500 ($653) per episode for her work on "Newswatch" while Vine received about £3,000 ($3,918) an episode for fronting "Points of View".

The BBC said it was committed to equal pay, but "we have always believed that the pay of Samira and Jeremy Vine was not determined by their gender".

In a unanimous judgment published on Friday, an employment tribunal in London ruled that under the 2010 equality act, Ahmed's work was "like" that of male counterpart Jeremy Vine, who presented a similar show.

During Ahmed's landmark case, she argued she was owed nearly £700,000 in back pay because of the difference in pay between her £440-an-episode pay for the BBC's Newswatch and the £3,000 an episode Jeremy Vine received for Points of View.

Miss Ahmed, 51, will say that although his fee was reduced to £1,300 in January 2018, hers was only increased in 2015 to £465 per programme - then reduced again when the BBC moved presenters on to employment contracts.

The BBC argued during the tribunal that Newswatch is a news show on the "relatively niche" BBC News channel, while Points Of View is an "extremely well-known" entertainment show, hosted over the years by a long line of well-paid, household name presenters.

Ms Ahmed said: "No woman wants to have to take action against their own employer".

Ahmed argued that she had more input into the stories and scripts on her show than Vine did in his, and her work required more preparation time.

She also said BBC witnesses were prepared to give evidence "about matters that they had little knowledge of" and that the corporation had "repeatedly sought to make other unfair comments" about her credibility.

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