Our thanks to Nigel for this piece on the BBC website. He writes:
One of my neighbours is a TV/Film sound technician. Of course the vast majority of his colleagues over the years have been men. All on such freelance contracts or with short contracts for each production they work on. Even for the BBC. So it has always struck me how the current “Equal Pay” stuff amongst the salaried staff in News and BBC “management” actually applies to relatively few people, in very cushy jobs indeed, out of the many thousands that actually do the work on the content “commissioned” by this small but incredibly well paid group. In a media version of the “glass cellar” the BBC has thousands of men working to produce actual programmes without any of the comfy certainty of the highly paid salaried staff such as Carrie Gracie. Literally unseen and metaphorically in the cellar.
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