Samira Ahmed takes BBC to tribunal over pay gap

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BBC presenter Samira Ahmed is taking the BBC to a pay tribunal over claims she was paid 85 per cent less than her male counterparts.

As The Guardian reports, Ahmed is seeking hundreds of thousands of pounds in backpay related to her job presenting Newswatch, a show in which viewers have the opportunity to give their opinions on BBC shows.

Ahmed says she was paid £440 per programme, rising to £465 in 2015. But Jeremy Vine, who presented Points Of View until 2018, was paid £3,000 per episode.

Both programmes were 15 minutes long.

The National Union of Journalists is supporting the case, which begins in tribunal today.

In a statement, Ahmed said: “I love my job on Newswatch, despite it being difficult and challenging. I know that it is an important part of demonstrating the BBC service to all its audiences and the licence fee payers.

“I have a sense of pride working for a public service broadcaster which seeks to represent the diversity of Britain and its licence fee-payers.

“On the back of my BBC ID card are written the BBC values which include ‘we respect each other and celebrate our diversity’ and ‘we take pride in delivering quality and value for money’. I just ask why the BBC thinks I am worth only a sixth of the value of the work of a man for doing a very similar job.”

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