Karen Martin emailed several hundred members of staff to explain the BBC were hiring two deputy editors
She added, a new salary was offered on the grounds of historical under payments
Allen added he was confident proper processes for the appointment had been followed, as well as the BBC's principles on fair pay
The issue of equal pay at the BBC was brought into the public domain in 2017, the first year the corporation was forced by MPs to disclose how much it paid to its top talent
The BBC apologised and said it " has now put this right "