Samira Ahmed and BBC reach undisclosed settlement over equal pay claim

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The BBC has decided not to appeal against the equal pay case involving presenter Samira Ahmed after she won an employment tribunal against the broadcaster.

An employment tribunal unanimously concluded in January that the BBC had failed to provide convincing evidence that the pay gap was for reasons other than gender discrimination.

Ahmed claimed she was owed almost £700,000 in back pay because of the difference between her £440-an-episode rate and the £3,000 an episode Jeremy Vine received for hosting a similar programme to Newswatch.

Despite initially objecting to the ruling, the BBC has now declined to appeal against it, reaching an undisclosed financial settlement with Ahmed.

A BBC spokesperson said: “Samira Ahmed and the BBC are pleased to have reached a settlement following the recent tribunal. Samira is a highly valued BBC presenter and now these matters have been concluded we all want to focus on the future."

Ahmed has not commented on the settlement, but after the tribunal verdict, she said: “I love working for the BBC. No woman wants to have to take action against their own employer.”