Comedians Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek are both hosts on KIIS FM, a radio station in Sydney, Australia. They do the same job, ribbing off each other as you do on an afternoon show, but Langbroek was getting paid significantly less than her male counterpart.
“You don’t need to feel terrible. It wasn’t your fault. You were born with two oranges and a string bag,” Langbroek added, referring to testicles.
According to News Corp, she raised the issue with KIIS FM management, who then paid her the same as her co-host for the rest of 2016. But Hughes’ pay for 2017 had already been locked in, until he found out about the gap live on air.
So he took a pay cut, ensuring they would be both paid the same in future.
“I couldn’t be happier. You deserve it,” Hughes said. “Sometimes that might mean men might get paid less than what they might have got to make sure that what’s fair is fair.”
Hughes later revealed on Twitter that Langbroek would have quit her job had their pay not been at parity.
Pains me to tarnish my halo but must point out @katelangbroek knows her worth and was gonna bail without parity and I did not want that!
The revelation came following a discussion about Lisa Wilkinson, a former co-host on Australia’s Today show, who reportedly quit because she was getting paid half as much as her male co-host.
Pay disparity between genders also garnered attention at the BBC earlier this year in a report released by the broadcaster. It revealed a significant gap between male and female staff, and that two-thirds of high paid BBC stars, earning more than £150,000 ($198,000), were male.
So yeah, pay everyone fairly people. It’s not hard.