She is known for her work on Newsnight (1980), HARDtalk (1997) and Breakfast (2000). Miss Ahmed said that although his fee was reduced to £1,300 in January 2018, hers was only increased in 2015 to £465 per programme – then reduced again when the BBC moved presenters on to employment contracts. The BBC said it was "committed to equality and equal pay" and never believed the disparity between Mr Vine and Ms Ahmed's salary was "determined by their gender". She argued that her equal pay comparator Jeremy Vine, 54, who worked on Points of View between 2008 and 2018, was paid £3,000 per episode - whereas she received £440 for her own show. She was “incandescent” at discovering she earned less than Humphrys. The BBC admitted in 2017 only a third of its 96 top earners were women. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. This comes after journalist Miss Ahmed, 51, took the BBC to a tribunal over her contracts on the programme Newswatch, which she has presented since 2012, and proved she was unfairly paid less than her male peers. Montague, who presents the World at One on BBC Radio 4 and television programme Hardtalk on BBC News, said she received the pay out and an apology from the broadcaster last year after she discovered a disparity in her pay and conditions. HR Shared Services Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. John … .css-8h1dth-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-8h1dth-Link:hover,.css-8h1dth-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. “Given this, we’ve unsurprisingly had a large number of queries about different aspects of pay and the majority of these do not result in any changes to individuals’ pay. M r Humphry's salary provoked some backlash two years ago, especially in light of the fact that Sarah Montague - his Today co-host - didn't make the list at all. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. In a series of tweets, the former Radio 4 Today programme presenter said: "When I discovered the disparity in my pay and conditions, I was advised that rectifying it all could run into the millions. HR (General) Published: 11:06, 19 January 2020 | Updated: 15:15, 19 January 2020, The BBC has paid Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague (pictured) £1million following an internal investigation into equal pay. Her father was an Army colonel.Sarah completed her primary level from Blanchelande College, a local independent school for girls. A BBC spokesperson said: "While we don’t comment on individual cases, no one has received a payment of £1 million.”, Tier 4 looms in tough new system to close whole regions after lockdown, Mum who couldn’t afford £800 carpet makes new flooring with grey £20 B&M rugs, Harry's 'publicity stunt' wreath has wilted like the public's opinion of him, This Morning outrage after official speaks over Remembrance Day silence, Man 'pointing rifle at schoolkids' shot by armed cops with rubber bullets, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. Image: Jamie Wiseman/ANL/Shutterstock, Thousands of equal pay claims still received by tribunals each year, Northern Ireland health strike continues after pay offer rejected, Thousands of Northern Ireland nurses strike over pay and resourcing. Carrie Gracie, the BBC's former China editor who resigned after learning her male counterparts had a higher salary, tweeted following Ms Ahmed's win: “I hope your victory gives courage to women everywhere to stand up for the value of their work.”. Sarah Montague discovered that John Humphrys was being paid more than £600,000 by the BBC, while she was on £133,000, Sarah Montague reveals £400k equal pay settlement with BBC, Like Samira Ahmed, I fought the BBC over unequal pay, resigned after learning her male counterparts had a higher salary, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. MSN UK is committed to Empowering the Planet and taking urgent action to protect our environment against the climate crisis. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Radio presenter Sarah Montague has confirmed she won a £400,000 settlement and an apology from the BBC after being treated "unequally" by the corporation for years. Newswatch host Sameera Ahmed had won a gender discrimination case for back pay. Employee Benefits Connect She wrote in The Sunday Times that she had "long suspected" she was paid less than colleagues but "had no idea of the scale of that difference". Montague said she accepted the payout, which is subject to tax, last year. A BBC spokesperson said: 'While we don’t comment on individual cases, no one has received a payment of £1million.'. Ms Ahmed won her case and in a unanimous judgement it was said that her work was like that of Mr Vine and the BBC had not proved that their difference in pay was because of discrimination because of their sex. When looking at the people who have seen the most change in their salary, Jo Whiley comes out on top. “Last year after a long period of stressful negotiations, I accepted a settlement of £400,000 subject to tax and an apology from the BBC for paying me unequally for so many years.”. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Ms Montague, who now presents Radio 4’s The World at One, received the payment following the BBC’s internal investigation into unequal pay. The host of Radio 4's World At One says she went public about the settlement following "erroneous" newspaper reports. "When I discovered the disparity in my pay and conditions, I was advised that rectifying it all could run into the millions," she said. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. 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Are you sure you want to delete this comment? At … Contact us Though Ms Montague was told by Mr Humphrys about their difference in pay before the BBC published its equal pay report in 2018, she said that she "had long suspected that I was paid much less than my colleagues but until the pay disclosures I had no idea of the scale of that difference". Email Newsletters © 2020 Getty Images Previously, Sarah worked as one of the regular presenters of the BBC Radio 4 early morning current affairs program, Today for 18 years until Ap… A BBC presenter has agreed a £400,000 settlement with the broadcaster over an equal pay dispute. Both host-led programmes were just under 15 minutes long and let the public air their opinions on BBC content. 'Some years ago I was even assured by a manager that I was not the lowest paid on the programme. Privacy policy He was born to the family of John Montague and Mary. Employee Benefits Live, • Occupational Health & Wellbeing Organisational Development Occupational Health Additional reporting by Press Association. John Humphrys, on the other hand, was earning at least £600,000. Although she acknowledged it was a “very good wage for a job that [she] loved”, she said she “hadn’t clocked just how professionally damaging it would feel” to know she was earning less than her colleagues. HR Systems View our online Press Pack. Following her schooling, she graduated in biology from the University of Bristol, gaining a B Sc. A BBC spokesperson said: "We are pleased to have resolved this matter with Sarah some time ago.”. Ms Montague - who began her BBC career in 1997 as a presenter on the BBC news channel and has since worked on Newsnight, BBC Breakfast and been a regular presenter of Hardtalk for 20 years - said she also learned that 'the true situation was far worse'. Earlier this month BBC journalist Samira Ahmed won her equal pay claim against the BBC. Commenting is not currently available, but don’t worry! She is seeking almost £700,000 in back pay because she claims she was paid significantly less than Jeremy Vine, who she considers her male comparator. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Sarah Montague says BBC gender pay gap 'unfair' and 'damaging' This article is more than 2 years old Today programme presenter speaks out after revelations she is paid only a quarter the salary … I chose not to seek such sums from the BBC but I did want some recognition that they had underpaid me. “Where we’ve identified historic issues we have been addressing them. Ms Montague was said to be 'indancescent with rage' after discovering that she was paid almost five times less than John Humphrys - PA. Her payout has been the talk of the BBC, and has inspired other women. “When I discovered the disparity in my pay and conditions, I was advised that rectifying it all could run into the millions. “We have made significant changes to pay and grading over recent years to ensure we have a system that is fair and more transparent than most other organisations. We continue to try to engage with our staff to resolve a small number of outstanding cases.”. OH&W subscriptions ', Ms Montague (left, in 2005) previously admitted she was 'incandescent with rage' and 'felt a sap' after discovering her £133,000 salary paled in comparison to the £600,000 to £649,000 John Humphrys (right, in 2013) received, according to 2017 figures. According to recent BBC figures, Ms Montague earns more than £240,000 in her new role. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Ahmed said: "No woman wants to have to take action against their own employer,” but that she was “glad it’s been resolved.”, Responding to the case of Ms Montague, a BBC spokesperson said: “While we don’t comment on individual cases, no one has received a payment of £1m.”.