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Samira Ahmed takes BBC to court over equal pay

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Ahmed worked for Channel 4 from 2000 to 2011
BBC presenter Samira Ahmed is taking the BBC to an employment tribunal over alleged unequal pay.According to court listings, Ahmed's case is due to be heard over five days from next Monday.The papers allege "failure to provide equal pay for equal value work" under the Equal Pay Act.Ahmed presents Newswatch, which examines BBC editorial decisions, and the Radio 4 arts show Front Row. The BBC have declined to comment.Ahmed began her career as a BBC News trainee in 1990 and has worked as a news correspondent and a reporter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme and BBC Two's Newsnight.
She covered the OJ Simpson case as the BBC's Los Angeles correspondent and was a presenter and reporter at Channel 4 News from 2000 to 2011.BBC News has asked Ahmed for a comment on the employment tribunal.The 51-year-old is not the first woman to take issue at the corporation's pay structure. Carrie Gracie previously resigned from her role as China editor in a dispute over equal pay.
Carrie Gracie resigned from her role as the BBC's China editor
The BBC then apologised for underpaying her and said it "has now put this right" by giving her back pay.
BBC apologises to Carrie Gracie over pay
She donated the full, undisclosed amount to the Fawcett Society - a charity that campaigns for gender equality and women's rights.
'Progress'
The issue of gender pay inequality at the BBC came to a head in July 2017, when it was revealed its best-paid star, Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans, made between Six male BBC presenters, including Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell and John Humphrys, agreed to pay cuts in January 2018, to help level the playing field.The BBC's most recent annual review showed an improvement for women, with Winkleman, Zoe Ball and Vanessa Feltz now among the corporation's top earners.Rights watchdog, The Equality and Human Rights Commission, is investigating the BBC over pay historical gender pay discrimination.
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