To characterize arguably essentially the most adorned feminine participant of the open period in tennis — 59 Grand Slam titles, to be exact — is a dream job. On Friday, whereas on the French Open, I finalised the BBC deal for her to work at Wimbledon this summer time. She gave me a excessive 5 and fist pump once I instructed her the BBC negotiations had been concluded and that they have been taking the gender pay hole critically.
I’ve a longstanding relationship with the BBC, having labored there for nearly 20 years, beginning as a runner and ending up as a senior administrator earlier than I left to work as an agent with a number of the BBC’s most well-known presenters.
The BBC stays and is run by proficient and dedicated individuals. It’s, as we all know, difficult and massive. It may change and it does change however not at all times as quick as individuals would really like. There are lots of committees and to make sure a minimum of some coherence, issues get referred up.
After which on the prime comes the director-general, eternally more likely to discover himself accountable for one thing he would possibly fairly not know a lot about and guardian of £four billion of public cash.
So even on gender pay, a legitimately scorching matter, he can’t fairly go on the velocity that the passions appear to require and the workers (in addition to lots of the BBC’s presenters) need. He wants lots of knowledge, quantative and qualitative, up to date and historic, authorized recommendation, HR recommendation. A click on of the fingers to resolve the central drawback — that it’s palpably unfair that girls as proficient as males are paid much less in analogous roles — gained’t work. It’s not the model of the place and appearing on hunches will result in chaos.
And any answer must final. Loads of progress has been made. An instance: Martina Navratilova, a type of poorly handled and with an extended relationship with the BBC, is now being paid pretty.
However any change might be for nought if the pay and grading construction doesn’t get adjusted to stop the issue taking place once more.
Extra work must be executed, nevertheless. Ladies ought to not have to really feel grateful to be allowed to work part-time or flexi-hour whereas settling, professional rata, for much less. This is applicable to any organisation.
But when the BBC is so terrible, why I’m being approached every day by broadcasters and journalists who need to know methods to get in.
Sure, it has its issues, however by and enormous it’s a incredible establishment and it deserves public recognition of this. It’s largely a good organisation run by respectable individuals. The BBC’s targets are to tell, educate and entertain. It nonetheless does this brilliantly and that’s due to its individuals.
- Mary Greenham is an agent to former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova