Samira currently receives £465 per episode while Jeremy is paid £3000 for his. “On the back of my BBC ID card are written the BBC values which include ‘we respect each other and celebrate our diversity’ and ‘we take pride in delivering quality and value for money’, she revealed in a statement last year. “I just ask why the BBC thinks I am worth only one-sixth of the value of the work of a man for doing a very similar job.”
Samira Ahmed has won an equal pay claim against the BBC. The Newswatch presenter argued that she should be paid the same salary as Points of View’s Jeremy Vine, and the failure to do so was a result of sex discrimination.
Despite BBC’s claim that Samira and Jeremy were not doing similar work, a judge at the London Central Employment Tribunal has ruled that the network had “failed to rebut the presumption of sex discrimination that arose when she proved that her work was like his work”.