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Staff volunteer cut ahead of audit

Male BBC presenters agree to pay cut

Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards: main news anchor among those volunteering a pay cut

Six of the BBC’s senior male news presenters have agreed to take a pay cut following the dispute over lower earnings for female staff.

Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys, Huw Edwards and Jon Sopel announced they would reduce their salaries. Nicky Campbell and Nick Robinson later added their names to the list.

Mr Humphrys, a Radio Four Today programme presenter and host of Mastermind, said he will be earning “hugely less”, later revealed to be a third of his current salary of between £600,000 and £649,999.

The decisions by the six men came after China editor Carrie Gracie resigned in protest at unequal pay between male and female international editors.

The BBC is also due to publish an independent audit into equal pay next week. It follows the corporation’s admission last July that two-thirds of on-air staff earning more than £150,000 were men.

Radio Two presenter Chris Evans topped the list, earning between £2.2m and £2.25m while the highest paid female, Claudia Winkleman was paid between £450,000 and £500,000.

Sopel and his Middle East counterpart, Jeremy Bowen, both made the list, but Gracie and BBC Europe editor Katya Adler did not.

Gracie is returning to the BBC newsroom in London, saying she expects to be “paid equally”.

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