Radio 4’s Samira Ahmed takes BBC to pay tribunal for valuing her at one-sixth of Jeremy Vine

Ahmed has been backed by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, lawyer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “The scourge of unequal pay has no place in our public service broadcaster and that’s why the NUJ is backing Samira’s case and many others. Unfortunately, despite Samira going through a lengthy and frustrating internal process in the hope that a sensible solution could be achieved, the BBC has not resolved this case and it will now be for the tribunal to determine whether this monumental pay gap is appropriate and defensible.”

Ahmed is among a number of female BBC talents to voice concerns over pay equality following the scandal over former China editor Carrie Gracie’s salary compared to men in similar roles.

Ahmed, who also presents Radio 4’s Front Row, previously said she felt “hugely bullied” over her employment status at the BBC.

A BBC spokesman said: “The BBC is committed to equal pay. Points of View is an entertainment programme with a long history and is a household name … Newswatch – while an important programme – isn’t. Samira was paid the same as her male predecessor … news and entertainment are very different markets and pay across the media industry reflects this.”