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BBC 'deeply unimpressed' over Carrie Gracie pay jokes

BBC 'deeply unimpressed' over Carrie Gracie pay jokes
From BBC - January 11, 2018

The BBC is "deeply unimpressed" with an off-air chat in which two of its presenters joked about the gender pay gap, a corporation source has said.

BBC Radio 4 Today show presenter Humphrys and North America editor Jon Sopel were discussing Carrie Gracie, who hours earlier had quit over pay.

Before Monday's show, The Sun and Times reported, they joked of "handing over" pay to keep Ms Gracie as China editor.

A BBC spokeswoman said the presenter regrets the "ill-advised" conversation.

A source at the BBC said management were "deeply unimpressed" with the unaired discussion, which took place ahead of a pre-recorded interview for Monday morning's edition of Today.

In an open letter issued the night before, Ms Gracie had accused the corporation of having a "secretive and illegal pay culture".

Speaking in the Radio 4 studio, Mr Humphrys reportedly asked Mr Sopel about "how much of your salary you are prepared to hand over to Carrie Gracie to keep her".

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