Jon Snow says media companies should be shamed into giving equal pay to women

Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow during a run-through ahead of delivering the 2017 James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture this eveni
Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow during a run-through ahead of delivering the 2017 James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture this evening, during the Edinburgh International Television Festival at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Jon Snow has said management at media companies should be shamed into ensuring equal pay for women.

The veteran journalist and Channel 4 News presenter said that although “old habits die hard”, the situation for women in media is improving.

Snow said that although he did not have to take a pay cut, at the request of Channel 4, he felt it was the right thing to do.

The broadcaster’s comments follow an announcement by the Equality And Human Rights Commission (EHRC) that it was launching an investigation into pay practices at the BBC.

Snow spoke to the Press Association at the The Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) Awards in London, saying more needs to be done to ensure women are paid “absolutely equally” in UK media.

He suggested a solution to inequality in media pay was found in “a bit of honesty, a bit of candour”, adding: “People have to perhaps reveal their pay, and perhaps shame management into doing something about it.”

Snow said that he was pushed to take a pay cut at Channel 4, which he did, believing staff are still suffering inequities at work.

The presenter said that new female staff may feel the benefit of equality reforms within media organisations, but longer serving women could be unfairly treated.

He said: “I have taken a gender pay cut myself. Between you and me and a request from the channel, but I mean, I could have said no. But I was happy to do it, absolutely happy to do it.

“I think it’s getting better, I think it’s not perfect yet by any means, a long way to go. We’ve got to keep pushing, definitely.

“Old habits die hard, that’s the problem. But I think new people coming into the industry are coming in pretty equally. It’s sort of people in the middle that I think are being left behind.”

The TRIC Awards recognise excellence in TV and radio.

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