BBC’s Statutory Gender Pay Report 2017 has revealed that men working for the BBC earn an average of 9.3% more than women.

The figure covers all staff, on and off air, and has been put down to the fact that the percentage of female members is higher at the lower grades of the organisation, with increasing percentages of men at higher grades.

The Report follows a row over star salaries, in which it was revealed that most of the top-earning presenters were men.  When the star salaries were published in July, it was revealed that 35% of those earning more than £150,000 a year were women.

Chris Evans was at the pinnacle on £2.2m. Strictly Come Dancing star Claudia Winkleman was the top-paid female presenter earning between £450,000 and £500,000.

Lord Hall has pledged to close the pay gap by 2020 and said the corporation should be “an exemplar of what can be achieved when it comes to pay, fairness, gender and representation”.

The BBC’s report also looked at pay gaps on other diversity measures; the gap affecting black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff is 0.4%, highlighting that there are fewer BAME at the top grades in the organisation.

 Weak points in procedures

Sir Patrick said there was no evidence of “systemic discrimination against women” at the BBC.

The audit “does not, and could not, categorically establish that there is no discrimination in relation to groups or individuals”, however, he added.

There were also a number of “failings” in procedures that need to be improved, the audit found.

Lord Sugar said the gender pay gap “can be narrowed by the lady herself saying, ‘No, I want more money'”.