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Sinn Féin concerned at BBC ‘inequalities and exorbitant salaries’

19 July, 2017 - by Sinéad Ennis

Sinn Féin Culture spokesperson Sinead Ennis has welcomed today’s publication of top BBC salaries but called for more action to address ‘inequalities and exorbitant salaries’ within the broadcaster.

“As a publicly-funded organisation, there is an onus on the BBC to be transparent about the levels of salaries it pays so we welcome this move,” she commented.

“However, we share the widespread concerns at the inequalities that persist within the BBC and the exorbitant salaries which are being paid to some broadcasters. 

“Many will find it incredible that such vast sums are being paid by a publicly-funded organisation at a time of austerity, pay caps on public sector workers and cutbacks to regional BBC services.

“The clear gender inequality where only a third of the top earners are women is also a source of concern.

“The BBC must strive to redress this inequality. As a broadcaster it is obviously an opinion shaper and to maintain such a blatant gender division is wrong. 

“The BBC is a publicly funded body paid through the licence fee. As part of this it should be reflective of the society it broadcasts to. 

“That includes local broadcasting where, for too long, there has been an under-representation in its output reflecting Irish culture and language.” ENDS/CRÍOCH 

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