BBC radio presenter Sarah Montague receives settlement over equal pay dispute

BBC radio presenter Sarah Montague has become the latest presenter to receive an equal pay settlement from the broadcaster after it admitted to underpaying her for several years.

Ms Montague, who currently presents the World at One on BBC Radio 4, was awarded a £400,000 settlement and an apology from her employers after they admitted she was underpaid.

The BBC has been involved in several cases relating to its gender pay gap since 2017 when it was forced to publish a list of its on-air staff earning at least £150,000. The list included only a small portion of female employees.

Ms Montague’s claim related to her time as the host of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme alongside John Humphrys. Following the release of the list, she found that she was the only Today presenter not earning over £150,000. John Humphrys, on the other hand, was earning at least £600,000.

The radio presenter said: “When I discovered the disparity in my pay and conditions, I was advised that rectifying it all could run into the millions.

“I chose not to seek such sums from the BBC but I did want some recognition that they had underpaid me.”

This follows on from Samira Ahmed’s case against the BBC in the employment tribunal where she was found to have been unpaid by £700,000 for hosting audience feedback show Newswatch, compared with Jeremy Vine’s salary for TV show Points Of View.

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