Media should mind its gender pay gap and embrace mandatory reporting

This type of transparency legislation, like any other, should be welcomed by journalists

A group of BBC journalists attend a hearing into gender pay, in support of Carrie Gracie, who resigned  as BBC China editor in January. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas

A group of BBC journalists attend a hearing into gender pay, in support of Carrie Gracie, who resigned as BBC China editor in January. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas

Gender pay gap reporting legislation is coming to Ireland and if the comprehensive exercise that has just taken place for the first time in Britain is anything to go by, it will prove a simultaneously wonderful and awkward event for journalists.

Wonderful, because it’s not every day that a raft of statistics telling us something about society are published on a searchable website, providing raw material for a large supply of bang-to-rights stories.

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