Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harman Tells BBC 'No More Excuses' @ESTHELONDONER Thelondoner@standard.Co.UK

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harman Tells BBC 'No More Excuses' @ESTHELONDONER Thelondoner@standard.Co.UK

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Byline: Charlotte Edwardes

HARRIET Harman, the former Labour deputy leader, has called on the BBC to come up with a "target date" by which it will commit to "50:50" pay.

Her words come as Jennifer Millins, lawyer at Mishcon de Reya for the corporation's former China editor Carrie Gracie (far right), describes the BBC's equal pay failings as "sex discrimination" and "unlawful".

Both Harman (right) and Millins were speaking as the BBC released its list of highest-paid earners yesterday. All 12 were men. The highest-paid man, football presenter Gary Lineker, earns at least PS1.75 million. The highest paid woman, radio and TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, ranked 13th, on at least PS370,000 a fifth of Lineker's salary.

In a speech last night, David Clementi, the BBC's chair, sought to defend the corporation: "We have committed to closing the gender pay gap by 2020 something I don't think any other large organisation has done."

However, as Harman and Millins argue, "closing the gap" is not the same as "equalising pay". …

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