Was I the only one who read and watched the outcome of the recent gender pay reporting from the BBC and wondered if anyone at the broadcaster had anticipated the outcry?
The report highlighting the disparity in earnings was always going to be headline news. But what amazed me was that those in the news, particularly those female broadcasters who were being seriously underpaid compared to their male counterparts, did not seem to have been pre-briefed. Did Tony Hall not pick up the phone to Emily Maitlis and explain his plans to rectify her situation?
In my eyes it seemed unplanned and unprepared and that the 'people' at the heart of it - the highest paid stars and the underpaid women - were exposed.
What was also interesting, was the lack of debate about the amount the stars earn. No commentary from bodies like The High Pay Centre, which argues for more equality in pay. And those BBC employers interviewed outside White City, did not argue with the value that the stars brought to the BBC - in fact they defended them.
By next April all companies that employ over 250 people will need to post their own gender pay reports, showing the wage disparity between their male and female employees. I wonder how many of those companies will be ready for the inevitable scrutiny from outside but most importantly from inside their businesses?
Whether Hall keeps his promise or not is yet to be seen, but the release of BBC’s pay list has opened Pandora’s Box for the corporation. It’s no wonder the bosses are in serious bother for failing to practise what they preach – a business with truth and fairness supposedly at the heart of its operation.