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Channel 4 reports 28% gender pay gap, three times the BBC

By John McCarthy | Media editor

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March 19, 2018 | 3 min read

Channel 4 is the latest UK broadcaster to unveil its gender pay gap, a mean difference of 28% in favour of men, sitting at treble that of the BBC’s deficit.

Women at the company on average earn less than 30% that of men, and two thirds of the best paid staff are men, according to The Guardian.

Alex Mahon, chief executive of Channel 4 said the figure made for “uncomfortable reading” and that she was going to address the issue.

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Channel 4 reveals gender pay gap

Mahon added: “There is no quick fix, but identifying the complex and multiple reasons behind our gap is the first step towards tackling the fundamental issues at play.”

Under UK government regulation companies with over 250 staff are required to disclose their gender pay gap. In the media sector, Channel 4’s mean pay gap is the highest of any media company reported so far. Trinity Mirror came in at 15% and ITN hit 18.2% and BBC reported 9.3%.

The company said it will aim to hit a 50:50 balance among its senior staff by 2023.

Channel 4 recently announced that it will move 300 staff out of London under pressure from the government that looks to redistribute the media jobs into the regions and beyond London - much like the BBC's move to Salford.

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