A report disclosing the salaries of top stars at the BBC stirred controversy Wednesday when it revealed a massive gender pay gap and lack of minority presence in the top ranks of the British broadcaster.
Prime Minister Theresa May spoke about the broadcaster's gender wage gap on British radio, urging BBC to look into the issue.
"We've seen the way the BBC is paying women less for doing the same job. I want women to be paid equally,” May said on LBC Radio, according to BBC News.
Critics also pointed out the lack of racial diversity among the top talent. The highest-paid minority stars are George Alagiah, Jason Mohammad and Trevor Nelson, who each make about $325,000 — considerably less than the top earners.
YES THERE IS A GENDER PAY GAP THAT #BBCPAY REVEALS BUT I REFUSE TO LET Y'ALL IGNORE THE GAP BETWEEN WHITE PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF COLOUR
BBC director-general Tony Hall acknowledged the public's concerns, but defended the broadcaster's position as a leader in diversity.
"On gender and diversity, the BBC is more diverse than the broadcasting industry and the civil service," Hall told BBC News. "We've made progress, but we recognize there is more to do and we are pushing further and faster than any other broadcaster."