Speaking on the BBC’s pay disclosures, Helen Grant MP said:
‘Equality at the BBC was given a kicking on Wednesday with the gender pay gap and a disproportionately low level of BAME stars amongst the most highly paid performers. What those figures do not show is the persisting inequality of diversity and pay behind the camera’.
‘I co-sponsored an event in Parliament on Tuesday this week, where this issue was highlighted by Sir Lenny Henry and I support his call for ringfenced BBC funding to tackle the problem head-on. I would also like to see OFCOM take a much more robust and detailed approach to the BBC’s equality and diversity obligations, both on and off-screen’.
‘The BBC’s 2017 Equality Information Report, also published yesterday, shows only 5.7% of staff within the senior management pay bands SM2/1 are from BAME backgrounds. And whilst almost 15% of all staff are BAME, they are heavily concentrated in World Service projects and finance. Very few are involved as producers and commissioning editors in UK programming, the very people who can make a sustainable and vitally needed difference to Britain’s diversity mindset’.