BBC presenter John Humphrys has been accused of being “condescending”, “sneery” and “arrogant” after the audio of him joking about equal pay for women at the corporation was leaked.
Humphrys, the BBC’s highest paid news presenter, was recorded joking with colleague Jon Sopel about the issue off-air, after China editor Carrie Gracie had resigned over it.
A transcript of the exchange was leaked earlier this week, but on Saturday Buzzfeed News released the audio.
Exclusive: BuzzFeed News has obtained the audio of two of the BBC’s top paid journalists, John Humphrys and Jon Sopel, in a hot mic exchange disparaging Carrie Gracie’s efforts to achieve pay equality. I recommend you turn the sound on. https://t.co/2JvdEp4Al3pic.twitter.com/iIsRN7rOb6
— Mark Di Stefano 🤙🏻 (@MarkDiStef) January 13, 2018
The 74-year-old veteran broadcaster attempted to diffuse the situation following the leak of the transcript, calling the conversation “private” and chastising the “nasty person” who released the exchange.
Humphrys, who earns between £600,000 and £649,999, was speaking to Sopel, who earns between £200,000 and £249,999, off-air at around 4am before Monday’s edition of the Today programme.
Humphrys said the pair were “winding each other up” during the conversation, which he called a “joke”.
But many doubted his claim when listening to the full audio on Saturday.
Base language, arrogant and condescending exchange from #BBC John Humphrys with Jon Sopel about his co-host @BBCCarrie and #EqualPay for #bbcwomen Is this just banter or does it show bias? You decide. https://t.co/Kz7Xz9iHxH
— Miriam O’Reilly (@OReillyMiriam) January 13, 2018
Humphrys’ dismissive sneery tone makes this even worse in the audio. https://t.co/R6E20LV3MU
— polly curtis (@pollycurtis) January 13, 2018
The disdain and the arrogance of it. Full audio recording of John Humphrys and Jon @BBCJonSopel discussing Carrie Gracie’s attempt to achieve equal pay https://t.co/hFzxJ8cZDq
— Ian Fraser (@Ian_Fraser) January 13, 2018The full transcript:
HUMPHRYS: “The first question will be how much of your salary you are prepared to hand over to Carrie Gracie to keep her and then a few comments about your other colleagues, like our Middle East Editor and the other men who are earning too much…”
SOPEL: “If we are talking about the scope for the greatest redistribution I’ll have to come back and say well, yes, Mr Humphrys, but…
HUMPHRYS: “And I could save you the trouble as I could volunteer I’ve handed …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Tec