Leicestershire's Martine Croxall appears at BBC employment tribunal

Annita McVeigh, Martine Croxall, Karin Giannone and Kasia Madera arriving at the London Central Employment Tribunal
Martine (second left) was flanked by BBC colleagues Annita McVeigh, Karin Giannone and Kasia Madera at the tribunal -Credit:PA/PA Wire

Leicestershire’s Martine Croxall has appeared at her tribunal against the BBC. The much-loved presenter was flanked by colleagues after she has been kept off-screen for more than a year following an alleged dispute.

Martine, who was born and grew up in Stoke Golding, near Hinckley, arrived at the Central London Employment Tribunal on Wednesday (May 1) for a preliminary hearing into her legal action against the BBC. The full details of her case are not known, but it is thought to be linked to her time off-screen following a cost-cutting rebrand of the BBC News Channel last year.

The popular Leicestershire presenter appeared at the central London hearing flanked by fellow BBC News presenters Karin Giannone, Kasia Madera and Annita McVeigh. The group, alongside Geeta Guru-Murty, have been reportedly kept off-screen for over a year amid the long-running dispute. McVeigh and Guru-Murty have recently returned to screens, but Martine and the others remain off-air.

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Martine, 55, was among a host of female presenters who missed out on landing a Chief Presenter role with the new BBC News Channel which served as a merger between the old service and BBC World News. Previous reports claim that she and the other presenters were “forced to reapply” for their old jobs.

The tribunal is the highest profile case against the BBC since the gender pay dispute between the corporation and Newswatch presenter Samira Ahmed in 2020. Back then, an employment tribunal found that Ms Ahmed should have been paid the same as fellow presenter Jeremy Vine for their work on Newswatch and Points Of View respectively.

The BBC had argued the pair were not doing similar work, but ultimately lost the case. Samira is not the only star to claim unfair treatment from the BBC, with broadcaster Sarah Montague previously confirming she had won a £400,000 settlement and an apology from the BBC over unequal treatment.

In 2021 the BBC disclosed it had spent more than £1 million on legal fees fighting equal pay and race discrimination cases brought by staff. Martine and the BBC have not commented publicly on the tribunal.