CNN Boss Admits Company Didn’t Pay Attention To Gender Pay Gap Problem
During an embarrassing meeting with staff members this week, an executive at CNN International admitted to not paying attention to a gender pay gap problem within the company.
BuzzFeed News reports:
After revealing CNN International had a 2.8% mean gender pay gap in favor of women but a 23.5% median gap in favor of men, Maddox said the overseas arm of CNN hadn’t been paying attention to the issue.
CNN International managing director Tony Maddox said he was “surprised by this, shocked and disappointed.”
“To be absolutely candid with you, this survey has prompted us to do something we weren’t doing,” Maddox said, according to a leaked recording obtained by BuzzFeed News. “When you look around, you see senior women here, you see senior women there, you don’t realize until it’s portrayed in this stark kind of way that you need to take a look at it.”
The revelation comes after the British government forced CNN International, along with several other media companies, to reveal gender pay data.
“We did this because we were instructed to do it,” Maddox continued. “Now we’re responding to it.”
Maddox and other executives blamed the pay gap on the fact that the company has more male camera operators and engineers.
BuzzFeed reports that near the end of the meeting, CNN executives insisted that the company does not have an “equal pay” problem because most of the salaries are set by women.
“Most of the salaries that are set in the company are by women: the VPs, the directors, the EVPs,” Maddox said. “I don’t set hardly anybody’s salary except for the people that run it.”