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Lack of gender pay parity still blights BBC, say MPs

WOMEN at the BBC continue to earn “far less” than men for the same work, an MPs’ report into pay at the broadcaster reveals today.

The corporation has failed to fully tackle of acknowledge the problem of “unacceptable” discrimination, said the Commons digital, culture, media and sports committee.

An inquiry into pay practices last year found the BBC to have an “invidious culture” of discrimination against women, triggering demands for action to tackle inequality.

The new report says the broadcaster is still failing to confront the issue of equal pay and the concerns of its female employees.

MPs on the committee complained of lack of transparency over pay and criticised the practice of hiding high earners on the external BBC Studios payroll.

“Staff employed by BBC Studios do not appear on the high-earners list, effectively creating a loophole that means the BBC need not disclose the salaries of its top-earning talent,” the report said.

BBC has not accepted the committee’s full findings, saying it does not recognise a systemic issue and that major strides have been taken towards pay equality.

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