Sandi Toksvig, the host of BBC’s QI programme, has revealed she is paid less than half of what the comedy show’s former host Stephen Fry earned.Speaking at the Women’s Equality Party conference, the 60-year-old comedian explained how she earns 40 per cent of Fry’s former salary for presenting the same show.Toksvig, who also presents Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off, took over from Fry in October 2016. Her third series as host is due to start on Monday.During a question-and-answer session following a speech on feminist economics, she said: “I have recently discovered I get 40 per cent of what Stephen used to get. And I get the same pay as Alan Davies, who is not the host.“I temper this with the fact that I love the show and I’m the first woman to host such a show.” Last year, the BBC published the salaries of its highest earning presenters revealing how men were often paid far more than women doing the same job.The revelation proved deeply humiliating for the corporation and prompted 40 high profile women working there to write to the director general demanding immediate steps be taken to address the imbalance.Tony Hall commissioned a report into the gender pay gap and a number of top paid television and radio presenters agreed to take a pay cut. Stephen Fry was the presenter of QICredit: Jay Williams “I was asked a question at the Women’s Equality Party conference that I felt I had to answer, because the issues with equal pay and the gender pay gap cut right across the media and all industries and all areas of life.“Until now I had held back from talking about this because this is not about me.“However, the lack of transparency around pay is a big part of the problem and I hope that being open, I can support women across the country whose work is undervalued.” The television and radio presenter’s disclosure produced gasps from the audience at the event.However, a BBC spokesman issued a statement which showed that the pay was not set by the corporation.“QI is made by an independent production company who manage their own talent fees,” he said.Speaking later to journalists, Toksvig, co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party, added: “I love QI and the brilliant team who produce it. John Lloyd and the team champion women on the show. A group of BBC presenters, past and present turn up to Portcullis House in Westminster today to support their colleagues over gender pay differences to the Digital, Culture, Media, and sport committee on BBC pay. The group included They included Louise Minchin, Mariella Frostrup, Kate Silverton, Naga Munchetty, Kasia Madera and Kate Adie.Credit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.