Times caption: Donalda MacKinnon, director of BBC Scotland, will investigate why women are being held back
A piece by Matthew Moore, Media Correspondent, in yesterday’s Times. Emphases ours:
Senior women at the BBC could get lessons in self-belief and “building a personal brand” as the corporation launches a review of why female staff are being held back. [J4MB: The false premise is made that “female staff are being held back”. No evidence is provided to support the premise. The reality at the BBC is the complete opposite. The careers of female staff at the BBC have been accelerated, the careers of male staff held back – for years.]
Part-time and flexible working arrangements are also likely to be expanded as a result of the project, [J4MB: So women, the least work-centred class, will be promoted ahead of men, the most work-centred class. That seems fair. What possible adverse effects could this have?] which comes after a revolt against gender pay inequality by hundreds of women working at the BBC.
Donalda MacKinnon, director of BBC Scotland, will compile recommendations to remove barriers to female advancement [J4MB: Barriers which don’t exist] and report to Lord Hall of Birkenhead, the director-general, by June. She will investigate whether schemes adopted by other organisations or BBC departments should be extended throughout the corporation.
One option could be to expand a programme in its nations and regions division that seeks to fast-track women just below management level by developing self-belief, work-life balance, personal brand and influencing skills.
Last summer it was revealed that two thirds of the BBC’s highest-paid stars were men. The corporation’s gender pay gap is half that of the national average, but many staff feel this figure masks the true scale of pay inequality. [Hmm, many staff “feel”… might these staff be of the female persuasion, so feelings trump mathematics?] Lord Hall has vowed to close the gap and have women in half of senior management and on-air roles by 2020. [J4MB: The man is a gold-plated blithering idiot. Two independent reports showed there was no systemic gender bias at the BBC for setting pay, but like the tame mangina he is, he still committed to “solving” the non-existent problem.]
The licence fee will rise from £147 to £150.50 in April, it was confirmed yesterday. The increase was calculated using the consumer prices index rate of inflation, measuring the average CPI over the year to September. The government said in 2016 that the fee would rise in line with inflation for five years.
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