BBC proposes pay cap in gender equity dispute

Four of the highest paid male BBC journalists have agreed to pay cuts, following revelations that its top male news reporters and presenters were earning significantly more than women doing similar jobs. (AP)
Updated 30 January 2018
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BBC proposes pay cap in gender equity dispute

LONDON: The BBC is proposing a pay cap on news presenters as it grapples with disparity in what it pays men and women.
The broadcaster has proposed a £320,000 cap the day before the head of the BBC is to be questioned by lawmakers over the broadcaster’s pay culture.
Meanwhile, a new report by a group representing women at the BBC says they faced “veiled threats” while trying to raise the subject of pay. The group wants the BBC to apologize and set in motion an “equal, fair and transparent pay structure.”
A number of the BBC’s leading male presenters agreed to pay cuts as the corporation sorts out pay inequality — a situation that came to light last year with the publication of salaries.


Qatari network Al Jazeera slammed over ‘Holocaust denial’ film

Updated 19 May 2019
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Qatari network Al Jazeera slammed over ‘Holocaust denial’ film

  • Video on AJ+ Arabic channel claimed Israel was the genocide’s ‘greatest beneficiary’
  • Network suspends two journalists over ‘violation of editorial guidelines’

LONDON: Al Jazeera’s youth channel AJ+ Arabic has drawn widespread condemnation over a video that was branded “Holocaust denial” for claiming the Jews exaggerated the scale of the genocide to help establish Israel.
After widespread public anger, the Qatar-owned network was forced to delete the video, suspending two of its journalists over its broadcast.
The video in question, while not disputing the Holocaust took place, suggested the Jews had skewed facts about the genocide, and that Israel was the “biggest winner” from it.

“Denouncing the Holocaust is a moral obligation, but Israel is the biggest winner from the Holocaust,” the presenter said.
“And it uses the same Nazi justifications as a launching pad for the racial cleansing and annihilation of the Palestinians.”
Many took to Twitter in outrage about the video, with one commentator pointing out the difference between AJ+ in Arabic, and its English output.
Al Jazeera has long been accused of broadcasting extreme material in Arabic, but churning out seemingly more balanced material in English, aimed at a Western audience.

In a statement on Sunday, the network said it had suspended two journalists over “violation of its editorial guidelines.”
“The video content and accompanying posts were swiftly deleted by AJ+ senior management from all AJ+ pages and accounts on social media, as it contravened the Network’s editorial standards,” it said.
The network has also said a “mandatory bias training and awareness program” was required for its staff.