A popular radio personality in Australia volunteered to take a pay cut to ensure he and his female co-host received equal wages. Dave Hughes, a well-known comedian and presenter of a national drive show, found out that he was receiving about 40 per cent more than his co-host Kate Langbroek after she raised it with him on-air.
“I had no idea what we get paid, now I feel terrible,” he responded.
She replied: “You don’t need to feel terrible. It wasn’t your fault that you were born with two oranges in a string bag.”
Langbroek reportedly discussed the issue in 2016 with the management of their broadcaster, KIIS FM, which agreed to pay her as much as her co-star.
However, Hughes had already locked in a pay increase for 2017. When he learnt of the disparity, he reportedly went to management and offered to have his salary reduced to ensure their pay was equal.
The pair plan to move to a new radio station next year and have ensured their pay will be equal.
“When we go to our new job, we get pay parity. And we’re on parity now,” Langbroek said.
Hughes responded: “And I couldn’t be happier, obviously. You deserve it.”