The BBC has made headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, much of it revolving around the gender pay disparities at the British broadcaster who has been dealing with months of fallout after it was forced to publish the salaries of its highest earners.
That publication showed a massive gap between the pay for its male and female presenters. The BBC has been promising to fix inequalities when a ‘comprehensive analysis’ of salaries is completed by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Before that though, one woman demanded equal pay to that of her predecessor – and she got it. Jodie Whittaker, who plays the next incarnation of The Doctor on “Doctor Who,” tells Digital Spy that she made sure that she got paid the same as her predecessor Peter Capaldi. Speaking backstage at the National Television Awards, Whittaker said:
“It’s an incredibly important time and the notion [of equal pay] should be supported. It’s a bit of a shock that it’s a surprise to everyone that it should be supported! I know I do not speak just on behalf of the women here, I speak on behalf of the men and the women.”
Whittaker is filming the new series and says she’s enjoying the job so far: “Yeah, it’s great. I love it, I absolutely love it, yeah. It’s amazing! I get to see all the best places!”. The new episodes are expected to hit later this year.