Over 200 BBC staff have signed an open letter to the Director General calling for full pay and benefits transparency.
The letter, signed by presenters including Naga Muchetty and Dan Snow, says: “It’s time for full pay transparency at the BBC. Transparency about what everyone earns, about how pay is decided, and also about promotion and recruitment across all areas of the corporation. Our pay structure is likely to flatten as very high salaries become harder to justify. It’s the fastest, cheapest, fairest way to begin to tackle unequal pay at the BBC.”
It says that if the BBC wants to lead the way on tackling unequal pay it needs to do more than it has pledged. “The BBC spends public money,” the letter says. “The public deserves to know how that money is spent.”
The BBC has said it will publish pay figures within narrower pay bands than it has done up to now.
The letter comes in the wake of the furore over the publication of top-earning presenters’ salaries and the decision by former China correspondent Carrie Gracie to step down from her post in protest against unequal pay.
A recent Workingmums.co.uk’s poll showed majority backing for full transparency over pay.