BBC Pay: 'Why do we pay these people huge salaries to tell us we're all greedy capitalists?'

'BBC gender pay gap debate is distraction from real issue of licence fee and high pay', says journalist

Claudia Winkleman is the highest paid BBC female star

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The BBC gender pay gap issue demonstrates the hypocrisy of the Corporation, according to a leading journalist.

Laura Perrins, co-editor of The Conservative Woman, also asked George Galloway "why are we paying these so-called 'talent' to lecture us all on why the rest of us are greedy capitalists?"

The BBC has released figures showing how much their highest paid stars earn. But many are criticising the corporation for its gender pay gap as the highest paid male star earns more than four times the amount of the highest paid woman.

Laura Perrins, co-editor of post-feminist culture website The Conservative Woman told George Galloway that she "wasn't that shocked" about the gender pay gap and doesn't care.

She thinks it's "such an elitist story because what you’re saying is some pretty talented but also privileged individuals are not getting paid as much as the other very talented privileged individuals. A lot of them are on pay well above the average wage.

"This is a tiny tiny issue in the greater scheme of things. These kind of identity culture clashes always skew the debate. They skew the debate towards upper-middle class problems and therefore we don't have to talk about the real issue."

She added: "I don’t understand why the BBC are so afraid of going to a voluntary contribution fee, because I still think 90% of the people would actually pay it because lots of people really do like if not the political content of the BBC they do like their cultural content."

Listen to the full interview above