The BBC has published the salaries of its on-air talent between 2017 and 2018, and — surprise surprise — we’re talking about the so-called pay gap again.
The list revealed that the top 12 earners on the BBC’s list are all men, with Match of the Day host Gary Lineker earning between £1.75 million and £1.76 million between 2017 and 2018. I suspect that massive salary is less to do with the fact that he’s a man, and more to do with the fact that Match of the Day has a MASSIVE audience. England loves football, but somehow sexism still has to come into this.
The most perplexing thing about it all, though, is that Chris Evans is still up there. Who watches or even like Chris Evans?
The list also showed that Claudia Winkleman remains one of the top-paid women, with a massive salary of £370,000, with baking legend Mary Berry and Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis joining the top-paid list.
I’m troubled by the fact that the BBC thinks there’s a problem here. Director General of the BBC Tony Hall said that they were making progress and are aiming for a 50/50 split between men and women between 20/20.
Hold on to your hats, people. You’re about to see a lot more women on the television, and it won’t be because they’re talented. There are realistically only a few ways the BBC can achieve this unnatural 50/50 split – either to pay talented men much less than they’re worth (though we could have a debate about whether anyone should be earning millions from a taxpayer-funded operation), or to force untalented women onto our screens in the name of diversity.
Give me more Victoria Woods any day. Give me talented women who are great on television, and let that be that. Why do we have to ruin TV by socially engineering it?
Womens Hour presenter Jane Garvey spoke to Radio 4, saying the progress being made was "absolutely glacial," and they they need to have a "proper conversation about why in 2018 we are still fighting the same old battle on equal pay."
But it’s nonsense. Categorically, it’s nonsense. This isn’t the same old battle. The battle was won many years ago when women became legally entitled to the same pay as men, if they did the same job. This new battle is a fight against a logical fallacy.
The more I read about this, the more I’m convinced it’s time to get rid of the BBC in its entirety. I don’t say that lightly. I’ve loved the BBC for a long time. I love it for its classic shows (shh, I’m a secret Doctor Who fan) and some amazing comedians have blossomed on the BBC.
But these days, the quality of comedy has changed, and the diversity hires are increasing by the day.
BBC, don’t give me diversity. Give me talent.