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Strictly star Claudia Winkleman leads female charge up BBC salary ladder

Strictly star Claudia Winkleman leads female charge up BBC salary ladder as she and two other women break into all-male ranks of corporation’s 10 highest-paid presenters

  • Radio 2 host Zoe Ball and station colleague Vanessa Feltz rounded out the list
  • Broadcasters John Humphrys and Jeremy Vine were displaced from the top 10 
  • Comes after the embattled BBC was accused of peddling a gender pay gap

Three female broadcasters have smashed the BBC gender pay ceiling by entering the top 10 list of earners at the corporation.

Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman, Radio 2 breakfast host Zoe Ball and her station colleague Vanessa Feltz were the highest paid women this year.

Their climb up the salary ladder comes after the embattled BBC was accused of peddling a gender pay gap by Prime Minister Theresa May and several of its own stars.  

The trio’s swelled pay packets saw Today programme presenter John Humphrys, Nicky Campbell and Jeremy Vine knocked off the top 10 list.

Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman led the female charge up the BBC salary ladder as she was revealed as the highest women earner

Vanessa Feltz

Radio 2 breakfast host Zoe Ball

Radio 2 breakfast host Zoe Ball (right) and her station colleague Vanessa Feltz (left) rounded out the corporation’s highest paid women this year

‘The job isn’t complete, but we now have a record of change that we can be proud of,’ a BBC source told the Sunday Times. 

In 2016-17, 76 per cent of the corporation’s presenters and actors earning more than £150,000 were men. 

But after the BBC was rocked by a string of unequal pay rows, it was forced to tighten its belt when offering its male stars contracts, which has seen the likes of Humphrys take pay cuts. 

Today programme presenter

Jeremy Vine

The trio’s swelled pay packets saw Today programme presenter John Humphrys (left), Nicky Campbell and Jeremy Vine (right) displaced from the top 10

Last month, a high-ranking female manager refused a promotion after discovering that her proposed salary is £12,000 less than her male counterpart who has an identical job.

Karen Martin issued a public slap-down to the broadcaster when she emailed hundreds of her colleagues explaining why she would be turning down the role of deputy editor.

And ex-China editor Carrie Gracie quit the role following revelations that she was paid less than her US male counterpart. 

The full list of BBC star’s pay is expected to be revealed next week. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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