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The BBC faced a fierce backlash from female MPs, campaigners and even its own stars, after veteran presenter John Humphrys worked as normal on Friday despite mocking its gender pay gap.
The corporation faced calls to make Humphrys, 74, step aside from presenting duties after audio transcripts leaked last night showed him jesting about the gap with a male colleague.
The presenter, who fronted BBC Radio 4′s Today programme as normal on Friday morning, was revealed to be paid more than £600,000 last year, making him one of the Beeb’s highest-paid stars.
And the row grew further after former Countryfile presenter Miriam O’Reilly claimed she had invite to appear on Today withdrawn because of the leaked comments.
It comes after bosses this week demanded those who have given support to the ‘#BBCWomen’ campaign to achieve equal pay stand down from reporting the topic.
That rule was enforced after the intervention of former China editor Carrie Gracie this weekend, and saw Gracie herself made to sit silently on Monday while Humphrys reported on her case.
Labour’s Stella Creasy told HuffPost UK that it was “unfair” some stars have been stopped from speaking while Humphrys continued to work.
“This shows the BBC needs to ensure equal pay rather than using editorial guidelines to try to prevent presenters talking about this issue,” the Walthamstow MP said.
“It’s clear everyone has an opinion, so it is unfair to stop some speaking and not others.
“That some of those opinions appear rooted in the 19th century when it comes to why this matters only further underlines the importance of getting this right.”
Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey, who alongside colleague Winifred Robinson has been banned from reporting on pay disparity, described the corporation as “the Department of Mixed Messages”.
Heading into work at the Department of Mixed Messages, formerly known as the BBC #bbcwomen
— Jane Garvey (@janegarvey1) January 12, 2018
Womens’ Equality Party leader Sophie Walker asked whether Humphrys could continue to report on the gender pay gap following his reported comments.
Taking this to mean John Humphreys can no longer report on the gender …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Tec