Libby Purves says women calling for equal wages at BBC should not take large ...

Radio presenter Libby Purves says women calling for equal wages at BBC should not take large payouts Sarah Montague received £400,000 after internal investigation over equal pay 'Programme-making money…will go up in smoke' if female staff accept back pay  Carrie Gracie resigned after she found US editor Jon Sopel was making more

By Eleanor Sharples For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:53 GMT, 21 January 2020 | Updated: 09:16 GMT, 21 January 2020

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Women striving for equal pay at the BBC should not take large payouts, the veteran radio presenter Libby Purves (pictured) has said

Women striving for equal pay at the BBC should not take large payouts, the veteran radio presenter Libby Purves (pictured) has said

Women striving for equal pay at the BBC should not take large payouts, the veteran radio presenter Libby Purves has said.

'Programme-making money… will go up in smoke' if female staff accept back pay for years when they got less than men in comparable jobs, she argued.

Her comments came as it emerged that former Radio 4 Today presenter Sarah Montague received £400,000 after an internal investigation over equal pay.

The issue first came to prominence after Carrie Gracie resigned as BBC China editor in January 2018 when she found out she was taking home tens of thousands less than US editor Jon Sopel.

Miss Gracie was given a £361,000 payout by the broadcaster, opening the floodgates to a flurry of claims from other female BBC employees unhappy about their pay.

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