BBC pay their diversity chief £267,000 a year for a three day week. That’s shocking. But she still makes another £250,000 doing more diverse work for Burberry and Rupert Murdoch.
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There’s good money for not much work in the diversity game. Ask June Sarpong.
It has just been disclosed that the BBC are paying her £265,000 for a three-day week to be the corporation’s diversity champion.
To put that in context the Prime Minister make £106,000 a year less than Miss Sarpong and when I last looked was working seven days a week.
By only working three days a week it leaves her time to be board member for Burberry where she deals with diverse issues (probably picks up another £100K) plus being hired by Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins where she runs their HQ Creative Inclusion Lab which publishes work by unknown writers from ethnic minorities disabled and poorer backgrounds. That must be worth another £150,000.
Throw in other corporate work plus the odd book and it’s raining diverse money in the Sarpong household.
Ms Sarpong, 44, started in the diverse business having had a pretty average career as a television presenter.
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In an interview recently she said; “I don’t for a single second say that all white people are privileged (that’s big of her!!) but there are benefits from a low income and you’re white. You are never judged on race.”
It’s in her commercial interest to say this as I reckon she is making over £500,000-a-year compared with being a Loose Women panellist where I doubt she made £25,000.
Ian Duncan Smith, the former Tory Prime Minister made a good point; “How can anyone be worth £275,000 for a three day week.
“Once again the BBC has scored an own goal. There must be thousands of well qualified people who would do this job for a lot less.”
The BBC appointed Ms Sarpong in 2019 to “achieve real change in increasing the number of ethnic and disabled minorities on screen.”
She was made an MBE in the most recent New Year’s Honours list for services to broadcasting.
Should have received the gong for services to her pay packet.
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