Samira Ahmed wins her pay claim against the BBC

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Journalist, writer and broadcaster Samira Ahmed arrives at the Central London Employment Tribunal, Victory House, London, where she taking the BBC to an employment tribunal over an unequal pay claim.
Samira Ahmed arrives at the Central London Employment Tribunal

Samira Ahmed has triumphed in the employment tribunal she brought against the BBC over sex discrimination and equal pay.

The presenter, 51, took action after claiming that she was not paid enough for hosting the show Newswatch.

She compared the £440 per episode she pocketed to Jeremy Vine’s salary of up to £3,000 for an episode of Points Of View.

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Ahmed claimed the work was comparable, and the tribunal’s judgment agreed.

In its judgment, the tribunal ruled that under the Equality Act 2010 “her work on Newswatch was like Jeremy Vine's work on Points Of View”.

Read more: Samira Ahmed taking BBC to tribunal

It also said that the BBC “has not shown that the difference in pay was because of a material factor which did not involve subjecting the claimant [Ahmed] to sex discrimination”.

Journalist, writer and broadcaster Samira Ahmed (right) and Naga Munchetty (left) arrive at the Central London Employment Tribunal, Victory House, London.
Journalist, writer and broadcaster Samira Ahmed (right) and Naga Munchetty (left) arrive at the Central London Employment Tribunal, Victory House, London.

According to the BBC, Ahmed said she was “glad” it had been resolved.

The corporation said Ahmed was “an excellent journalist and presenter”, adding: “We regret that this case ever had to go to tribunal.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 19:  Jeremy Vine leaves BBC Wogan House after presenting his Radio 2 Show on July 19, 2017 in London, England. The BBC has published the pay of its top earning employees today as part of the corporation's annual report.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Jeremy Vine leaves BBC Wogan House after presenting his Radio 2 Show on July 19, 2017 in London, England. The BBC has published the pay of its top earning employees today as part of the corporation's annual report. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The BBC also said: “We have always believed that the pay of Samira and Jeremy Vine was not determined by their gender.

“Presenters – female as well as male – had always been paid more on Points Of View than Newswatch.”

The tribunal ended in November, but the judgement was released today (January 10).

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