BBC Presenters Tell Of Stress Caused By Controversial Pay Arrangements

A BBC local radio presenter has told MPs she tried to kill herself because of stress over the controversial arrangements under which she was employed.

The anonymous presenter was among an array of TV and radio stars who gave evidence to a parliamentary inquiry that they were pressured into setting up personal service companies (PSCs) which later fell foul of the taxman, leading to massive bills for unpaid tax.

Senior MP Damian Collins, the chair of the House of Commons Culture Committee, said the BBC had fallen “well below” the standards expected in its treatment of staff and said he would be demanding answers from director general Lord Hall.

The BBC last night announced a new independent dispute resolution process which might lead to the Corporation paying a share of historic bills that in some cases run into five or six figures.

The announcement came a day before DJ Liz Kershaw, radio presenter Kirsty Lang and financial journalist Paul Lewis were due to give evidence to an inquiry by the House of Commons Culture Committee into the use of PSCs.

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DJ Liz Kershaw is set to give evidence to a…

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