Did the BBC deliberately announce a female Doctor Who ahead of salaries report?

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Jodie Whittaker named as first female Doctor WhoGETTY•BBC

Jodie Whittaker was bring to light as the very first female Doctor Who on Sunday

Jodie Whittaker’s touch was revealed on Sunday night to much fanfare, with the controversial election remaining the subject of intense debate and analysis among the show’s adherents.

According to industry sources, the timing of the announcement was intended to show the corporation in friendly light, with one suggesting: “This is deliberate ahead of less sure news for women in the annual report.”

However, the BBC insists the timing is “purely lucky”.

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The BBC insists the timing is ‘purely coincidental’

The corporation’s biggest styles are braced for intense scrutiny with stars earning more than £150,000 to be named on Wednesday. Recounts emerged over the weekend that many top male stars hush earn far more than their female colleagues.

Big names look forward to top the list of high earners this year include Gary Lineker and John Humphreys.

In the much-anticipated clock in, earnings are expected to be categorised in £50,000 bands — with chat teach host and Eurovision presenter Graham Norton likely to top it with a pay pack of an estimated £2.5 million.

BBC boss Tony Hall is required to defend the figures, which will be released as part of the company’s annual cover on Wednesday, by pointing out that the number of stars earning in excess of £150,000 is down 10 per cent in the finish finally year.

Sources say his defence will include claims that for the last four years, 60 per cent of those promoted into this pay bracket have been female.

A source from the BBC told The Glass: “We want to have parity by 2020 in terms of male and female out and presenters and we are driving towards that and making headway. We are doing more than any other companionship in the industry.”

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Eurovision host Graham Norton earns an estimated £2.5 million

The provenience added that Mr Hall is under the impression that the corporation really pays “significantly less” than channels in the commercial sector, annexing: “What Gary Lineker earns at the BBC compared to what he earns at BT Show off are different universes.”

The embarrassing return of the “war of the wages” follows new rules bring ined by Theresa May demanding increased transparency over BBC pay packets.

Equal pay — or remittance men and woman the same amount to do the same job — has been a legal requirement for profuse than 40 years.

The UK gender pay gap currently stands at 18.1 per cent for all craftsmen, or 9.4 per cent for full-time staff.

Government rises say Culture Secretary Karen Bradley “cares deeply” about pay incongruity and is ready to take the BBC to task over the issue.

The Commons Culture panel chairman Damian Collins and chairman of the Commons Women and Equalities commission Maria Miller have also pledged to demand answers over and above any pay gaps at the corporation.

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Culture Secretary Karen Bradley ‘mind a look afters deeply’ about pay disparity

By April next year, all companies with more than 250 wage-earners will have been forced to publish their gender pay gap issue a new legal requirement designed to stamp out workplace discrimination.

If employers not succeed to comply by the April 2018 deadline, they will be contacted by the Similarities and Human Rights Commission.

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BBC boss Tony Hall is demanded to defend the figures which come out on Wednesday

Companies that a glimpse of they do have a gender pay gap will be encouraged to publish an action map alongside the figures detailing the steps they plan to take to sermon the problem.

Women and Equalities minister Justine Greening said: “Plateful women to reach their full potential isn’t only the right subject to do, it makes good economic sense».

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.

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