BBC 'to review salaries across the corporation' amid gender pay storm

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The BBC is to review salaries across the corporation after concerns about its gender pay gap, it has been reported.

The Daily Telegraph said the broadcaster had called in accountants and lawyers to discover disparities in pay between the sexes.

Presenters Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire and Angela Rippon were among a number of women who put their names to a frank open letter to director general Tony Hall, urging him to "correct this disparity" over gender pay.

Presenter Clare Balding put her name to a frank and open letter calling for salary parity
Presenter Clare Balding put her name to a frank and open letter calling for salary parity (Jane Barlow/PA)

The letter followed the revelation of a sizeable gap in the earnings of the corporation's best-known male and female presenters and actors, with Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans topping the list on more than £2 million, while the highest paid woman was Strictly's Claudia Winkleman on £450,000-£499,999.

The paper quoted a source saying that "nothing is off the table" when it came to pay at the corporation, with the review expected to take around six weeks.