Several leading BBC male presenters offer to cut their salaries

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Last year, the broadcaster published a list of its top earners, setting out the pay for staff on more than £150,000, revealing a shocking gap in the earnings of its best-known male and female presenters and actors.

BBC 5 live's Breakfast host Campbell confirmed, while on-air, that he was taking a pay cut.

The BBC has confirmed that Huw Edwards, John Humphrys, Jeremy Vine, Nick Robinson, Nicky Campbell and Jon Sopel have agreed to reduce their salaries, after a morning of farce in which the BBC website reported some of their names and then retracted them.

Radio 4 Today host John Humphrys has said it was his decision to take a pay cut, adding "I'm not exactly on the breadline" as he and other big-name male BBC stars - Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson, and Jeremy Vine - reduced their salaries.

Humphrys, who presents the Radio 4 Today programme, was at the centre of a scandal earlier in January after a leaked recording of him making comments over his salaries became public.

Among the quartet who have agreed to a pay cut, Vine was shown to be the highest paid, earning between £700,000 and £749,999.

"It is just a no-brainer, so it wasn't a problem for me to accept one".

Mr Humphrys was sharply criticised earlier this month after an audio recording was leaked of what he later described as a "jokey exchange" with the BBC's U.S. editor Jon Sopel about the broadcaster's gender pay gap.

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An independent audit into equal pay at the BBC will be published next week.

Ms Gracie will now return to the newsroom in London, with an expectation to be "paid equally", the website added.

Earlier this month, the BBC's China editor, Carrie Gracie, a 30-year veteran of the network, abruptly resigned her job in the Beijing bureau, accusing the network of promulgating a gender pay gap.

Gracie resigned earlier this month after learning that the BBC's two male global editors earned "at least 50% more" than their two female counterparts in similar jobs. In an open letter, Ms Gracie claimed the BBC operated a "secretive and illegal pay culture" that systematically discriminated against women.

She accused the of "breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure".

"The final details of some of these changes are still being discussed, and there are further conversations that the will have with others in due course".

Matthew Hancock, the new United Kingdom culture secretary, said this month that the BBC should be a "beacon for the British values of fairness" on pay, following the resignation of Ms Gracie.

"I am not asking for more money", she had said.

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