BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce says she was “disappointed” by the revelations over the BBC’s gender pay gap – but not surprised.
Speaking to Radio Times magazine to mark 40 years of Antiques Roadshow, the broadcaster said she is waiting to see how the BBC attempts to correct the disparity over gender pay, revealed after the Corporation was forced to publish the salaries of all its stars earning over £150,000.
“The salary list spoke for itself,” Bruce said in an interview published in this week’s Radio Times. “I know the Prime Minister felt the BBC needed to get its house in order.”
“I wasn’t taken aback. I was disappointed,” she added. The BBC is trying to get its house in order. Let’s see what comes out.”
Hall has already pledged to close the gender pay gap by 2020, but the statement urged the Corporation to act faster and act as a “standard bearer” for the rest of the media industry.
Bruce will once again present Antiques Roadshow this Sunday at 8pm on BBC1. Read the full interview with her in this week’s Radio Times Antiques Roadshow anniversary special, in shops from Tuesday 3rd October.