BBC News presenter takes legal action against broadcaster in court


Martine Croxall giving a presentation on BBC News

BBC News presenter Martin Croxall is taking legal action (Photo: BBC)

BBC presenter Martin Croxall is taking legal action against the broadcaster, which has been off the air for more than a year.

Mr Croxall will take the BBC to an employment tribunal scheduled for May 1.

The two-day hearing in London is likely to be one of the most high-profile courtroom sessions in recent history for the BBC.

The BBC previously lost a legal battle with Newswatch presenter Samira Ahmed over gender pay in 2020.

On the BBC show, the presenter asked why she was paid £495 per episode of Newswatch when her man, Jeremy Vine, was paid £3,000 per episode for Points of View. I asked if I was being paid.

The Beeb denied their work was equivalent and said Vine’s show was “very well known” compared to Ahmed’s “relatively niche” show, but London’s employment tribunal ruled in full. They disagreed, ruling against the company in a unanimous decision.

Samira Ahmed arrives at Central London Employment Tribunal

Ahmed won his case in 2020 (Photo: Pennsylvania)

Details of Mr Croxall’s case have not yet been made public.

Ms Croxall was one of five senior female journalists – Karin Giannone, Geeta Guru-Murthy, Kasia Madera and Anita McVeigh – to join the BBC’s international and national news channels. was not promoted to take the chief presenter job after it was merged last year.

She, along with Giannone and Madera, has not been on the air since March 2023. Mr. McVeigh and Mr. Gurumurthy returned to the news program in recent weeks after a vacancy for the chief presenter position was created.

Croxall has been off the air since March 2023 (Photo: BBC Picture Archive)

It has been reported that the BBC is estimated to have spent £1 million ($1.3 million) paying their salaries and insurance premiums while the women were off the air. deadline.

Asked about the situation at a hearing by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, BBC Director-General Tim Davie said he was working on a “fair solution” for women.

“It’s not a good situation where you’re paying people.” [who are not on air] We are working hard to resolve it as soon as possible. I recognize that it has been going on for some time,” he said. has contacted the BBC for comment.

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