British lawmakers say BBC failed to fix gender pay gap

The BBC has been struggling to address the company’s gender pay gap. (AP)
Updated 25 October 2018
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British lawmakers say BBC failed to fix gender pay gap

LONDON: A group of British lawmakers says the BBC has failed to live up to its duty to pay men and women the same for equal work — a damning indictment after year of pay scandals.
Parliament’s media committee said Thursday that BBC salaries are set by “an opaque system of discretionary decisions by individual managers.”
The BBC has been struggling to address the issue, which was highlighted when Carrie Gracie quit her post as China editor to protest the company’s gender pay gap. The BBC later accepted it had underpaid her and agreed to donate back pay to a gender equality charity.
The committee also branded the broadcaster a “disgrace” for pushing staff to work as independent contractors through personal service companies, leaving some facing six-figure bills for unpaid taxes.


Afghan radio station closes down following Taliban threats

Updated 16 July 2019
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Afghan radio station closes down following Taliban threats

  • Ramez Azimi, director of the Samaa station in the city of Ghazni, the capital of eastern Ghazni province, says he received phone calls as well as written warning notes
  • The station was closed four days ago; its third closure in the past four years

KABUL, Afghanistan: The head of a local radio station in eastern Afghanistan says it was shut down after repeated threats from the area’s Taliban commander.
Ramez Azimi, director of the Samaa station in the city of Ghazni, the capital of eastern Ghazni province, says he received phone calls as well as written warning notes purportedly from the Taliban commander.
Azimi says the Taliban, who control several districts in Ghazni province, threatened them because three of the station’s 16 employees are women. The Taliban are against women’s rights to education and work.
He told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the station was closed four days ago. It was its third closure in the past four years.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, denied the insurgents had threatened Samaa.