Martine Croxall returns to BBC News amid ongoing discrimination claims

(Left to right) Annita McVeigh, Martine Croxall, Karin Giannone and Kasia Madera
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Martine Croxall has made her comeback to BBC News after initiating a tribunal claim against the corporation, alongside fellow senior female journalists Kasia Madera, Annita McVeigh, and Karin Giannone.

The 55-year-old presenter and her colleagues previously claimed they were sidelined for a year from on-air roles after being overlooked for chief presenter positions following the amalgamation of the BBC's News and World News channels.

Croxall announced her return with a post on X, formerly known as Twitter: "Ya'll ready for this? Back on #BBCNews at 1100 BST." She accompanied her announcement with a clip of herself in the studio, remarking: "Now, where were we?"

The broadcaster joined the BBC in October 1991 and served as a principal presenter on both the BBC News Channel and BBC World News since 2001 and has also featured on BBC One national news bulletins. She was previously off air for almost two weeks in 2022 amid allegations of bias when Boris Johnson withdrew from the Tory leadership race.

During an episode of the now-defunct The Papers show, she expressed "gleeful" reactions and, responding to a guest's quip about the ex-Prime Minister, commented: "I shouldn't probably [laugh]. I'm probably breaking some terrible due impartiality rule by giggling."

Her return was met with cheers from colleagues including Madera, who resumed earlier in the month, and Giannone and McVeigh, who returned on March 18. Madera celebrated Croxall's return, tweeting: "Great to see my friend and colleague @MartineBBC back on @BBCNews,". Giannone referred to the situation as a "treat" and penned: "As soon as the leg mends, I'll be there too."

BBC Broadcasting House in London
BBC Broadcasting House in London -Credit:Ian West/PA

Earlier in the month, the journalists were spotted together as they showed up for preliminary hearings concerning their discrimination claims at the Central London Employment Tribunal. Croxall, McVeigh, and Madera are accusing the company of ageism, sexism, being discriminated against due to being union members, and issues with their pay scale.

For Giannone's part, her allegations focus on age, sex, and wage discrimination. The women claim that they have been subjected to victimisation, harassment, and tarnishing of their professional reputations.

During an initial hearing, the journalists, who had previously settled with the broadcasting corporation, were informed that they would not be able to raise an equal pay claim.

BBC China Editor Carrie Gracie (centre) alongside BBC journalists Martine Croxall (left) and Razia Iqbal
BBC China Editor Carrie Gracie (centre) alongside BBC journalists Martine Croxall (left) and Razia Iqbal -Credit:PA Archive/PA Images

A BBC representative stated: "We are pleased with the result and that the tribunal has accepted our position. We will not be commenting further at this stage."

BBC's stance is understood to be that they had conformed to equal pay regulations, implemented a rigorous and fair recruitment process and that all management executed this process appropriately.

The green light was given for the womens cases to be heard collectively.

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