BBC presenter Sarah Montague wins £400,000 settlement for unequal pay

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by David Prior

Former Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague has won a £400,000 settlement from the BBC after an internal investigation into unequal pay.

Two years ago, the World At One presenter said she was "incandescent with rage" after discovering her £133,000-a-year salary for working on the Today programme was substantially less than her co-presenters, with John Humphreys' wage about five times as much.

She has now tweeted that, following a "long period of stressful negotiations", she has settled for £400,000, which is subject to tax.

Some news reports had suggested the amount was closer to £1m, but she said: "I would prefer not to be talking about my pay but feel I have no option given the erroneous reports in today’s papers.

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“Here are the facts: when I discovered the disparity in my pay and conditions, I was advised that rectifying it all could run into the millions. I chose not to seek such sums from the BBC but I did want some recognition that they had underpaid me.

“Last year, after a long period of stressful negotiation, I accepted a settlement of £400,000 subject to tax and an apology from the BBC for paying me unequally for so many years.”

Earlier this month, fellow BBC presenter Samira Ahmed won an employment tribunal against the corporation after claiming she was underpaid by £700,000 for hosting audience feedback show Newswatch, compared with Jeremy Vine's salary for Points of View.