TV presenter Samira Ahmed reaches settlement with BBC

Samira Ahmed, 51, has reached a settlement with the BBC after winning her employment tribunal over equal pay.

In January this year, a judge at the London Central Employment Tribunal ruled in favour of Samira Ahmed which saw her triumph in winning a sex discrimination and equal pay claim against the BBC.


The Newswatch presenter highlighted a “600% pay gap” in a row over unequal fees. She had claimed she was being paid a sixth of what Jeremy Vine received for a similar show.

The corporation announced on Monday 24th February it would continue to work with the “highly valued” presenter, but did not reveal the settlement figure.

“Samira Ahmed and the BBC are pleased to have reached a settlement following the recent tribunal,” the BBC said in a statement.

“Samira is a highly valued BBC presenter and now these matters have been concluded we all want to focus on the future.

“We look forward to continuing to work together to make great programmes for audiences. Neither the BBC, Samira or the NUJ will be commenting further on this case.”

The presenter’s tribunal focussed on her contracts on the BBC News channel programme Newswatch, which she has presented since 2012.

Samira had challenged why she was paid £465 per episode of Newswatch while Jeremy Vine received up to £3,000 for each episode of Points Of View.

Upon a winning result through courts, Samira commented at the time: “I love my job on Newswatch despite it being difficult and challenging.

“I know that it is an important part of demonstrating the BBC service to all its audiences and the licence fee payers.

“I have a sense of pride working for a public service broadcaster which seeks to represent the diversity of Britain and its licence fee payers.

“I have a sense of pride working for a public service broadcaster that seeks to represent the diversity of Britain and its licence fee payers.

“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’.

“I just asked why the BBC thinks I am worth only a sixth of the value of the work of a man for doing a very similar job.”

Samira has been among the female talents at the BBC to voice their concerns over pay equality following the scandal over former China editor Carrie Gracie’s salary.

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