BBC faces huge public legal fight as Radio4 presenter accuses broadcaster of ‘unequal pay’ – News 2


 The Radio 4 presenter has filed documents at a court and an employment tribunal is due to be held over five days next week
According to court listings, Ms Ahmed, 51, alleges “failure to provide equal pay for equal value work”
Lawyers for the presenter of BBC One’s Newswatch, BBC News and the Front Row programme on Radio 4 have been contacted for comment
  Ms Ahmed is one of the most prominent female faces of the Beeb, having began her journalism career at the corporation in the 1990s
 While working as the BBC’s Los Angeles correspondent, she covered the trial of OJ Simpson in 1995
 She worked for Channel 4 News from 2000 to 2011 before returning the the BBC.  After the scandal over the former China editor Carrie Gracie’s pay broke, Ms Ahmed was vocal about the broadcaster’s lack of pay equality
 In June 2018 Ms Gracie won £280,000 in a bitter battle with her employer after they had refused to pay her the same amount as Jon Sopel, a fellow international editor
 The row led to her resignation in protest but she later returned to her former post in the newsroom
  Ms Ahmed has previously said she felt “hugely bullied” over her employment status at the BBC
 The BBC has declined to comment on the upcoming hearing at the Central London Employment Tribunal, scheduled for Monday October 28
 The news was first reported by The Guardian, who branded the legal action a “landmark” case
   In September it emerged the former BBC employee Caroline Barlow was handed a £130,000 settlement
 The case was heard after she found out that 15 male colleagues in equivalent roles in her division were on a higher salary
 The Equality and Human Rights Commission is conducting an investigation into the BBC over claims of pay inequality throughout its history
  Last month the veteran BBC presenter John Humphrys blasted the corporation for “Kremlin” style behaviour as he resigned
 Mr Humphrys recalled how bosses mishandled the scandal over Ms Gracie’s pay.  Trending  The former presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme said editors did not allow Ms Gracie to be interviewed about the issue on the morning the story broke
 Instead, he said, she was told to present the radio programme as usual, a decision which caused him to “despair”

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