Samira Ahmed took the BBC to an equal pay tribunal for back-dated pay for seven years of work presenting Newswatch, believing that she should have been paid the same as Points of View host Jeremy Vine for equal work. Ahmed was paid £450 per episode for Newswatch while Vine was paid £3,000. She won the tribunal in January and reached a settlement with the BBC, (Marcus Ryder’s blog post on the outcome is well worth a read). In March Ahmed won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Audio Presenter of the Year. Accepting the award “on behalf of all the immigrants who raised children like me”, her speech seemed, (to me), to nod towards the Naga Munchetty scandal as she called on broadcasters to “take a stand” against normalising racism in its attempts to be balanced and impartial “it’s time all broadcasters thought long and hard about the right to hold the moral line on not normalising racism and prejudice. It isn’t about compromising journalists values”

Gender / Race Pay Gap

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