Downing Street has said the BBC needs to explain why staffing costs are increasing despite the corporation saying it cannot afford to fund TV licences for the over-75s.
The BBC has been criticised for handing some of its stars pay rises while announcing the end of the universal free TV licence for over-75s.
Female broadcasters said they do not believe “that pay inequality is in the past” as the broadcaster unveiled a list of 20 top-earning stars featuring five women.
The BBC has revealed its best-paid stars – with Zoe Ball, Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman in a list still topped by Gary Lineker.
The BBC has taken big steps to becoming a “fairer organisation” since the salaries of its highest-earning stars were first revealed two years ago, its director-general has said.
Boris Johnson has described the BBC as the “Brexit bashing corporation” at a Tory leadership hustings.
Stripping pensioners of free TV licences is “unacceptable” and will create “difficult choices” about what they can afford, Scotland’s Minister for Older People has warned.
Former prime minister Gordon Brown has branded the move to means-test free TV licences “the wrong decision”.
Changes to free TV licences for over-75s have been blasted as “an absolute disgrace” as pensioners said they fear it could be the start of cuts to their benefits.
Pensioners have organised a protest over changes to free TV licences.
BBC bosses have been urged to be “brave” and tell the Government to take back responsibility for giving the over-75s free television licences.
The decision over whether to continue providing free TV licences for the over-75s should not be made by the BBC, former prime minister Gordon Brown has said.
A BBC project to rebuild the set of EastEnders is expected to cost £27 million more than planned, sparking concerns over licence fee payers’ value for money.
The BBC has waived the licence fee for local communities wanting to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
The TV licence fee will increase to £150.50 from £147 from April 1, the Government has announced.