BBC news presenter Samira Ahmed has won an employment tribunal verdict against the BBC over gender pay disparity. The BBC failed to prove that the difference in pay to Samira and her male counterpart was not due to sex discrimination.
Samira Ahmed had claimed that she was underpaid by £700,000 in comparison with Jeremy Vine. Ahmed claimed that Vine is getting paid six times more than her for the same work. She hosted an audience feedback show called 'Newswatch' and Jeremy Vine hosted a program with a similar format called 'Points of View'.
The tribunal said that the difference in pay between Ahmed and Vine is striking. She will be receiving compensation for the past 10 years.
The BBC had argued that the pay disparity was due to the "very different roles" Ahmed and Vine played. However, it could not prove the "differences in the presenters' roles and programmes".
It added that Ahmed was paid the same as her Newswatch predecessor Ray Snoddy. It said that presenters of Points of View - both male and female - had always been paid more than presenters of Newswatch.
The judgement of the tribunal was unanimous. Ahmed said that she is glad the matter has been resolved. She added that no woman wants to take action against their employer and she loves working for the BBC.
She thanked her legal team, National Union of Journalists, and all who supported her. She said that she is looking forward to going back to the job, reporting stories instead of being one.
The BBC, however, insisted that the pay disparity was not determined by their gender. The organisation described Samira Ahmed as "an excellent journalist and presenter" and said it regretted the case had to go to the tribunal. "We would work together with Samira to move on in a positive way," added BBC.