Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys has defended off-air comments he made about the BBC of the wage gap between the sexes, describing them as part of a “jokey” exchange.
The host program has told ITV News that he had “always” supported “equal pay for equal work”.
Humphrys and North America editor Jon Sopel have been recorded discuss colleague Carrie Gracie, who left the China to the editor on “wage discrimination”.
The BBC has been “deeply disappointed” with the cat, the BBC source said.
During the exchange, before Monday, the pair would have joked about “surrender” pay to keep Gracie in the role.
Gracie had just quit because of what she has, the inequalities of wages with her male counterparts – including Sopel – who have won more than Â£135,000 a year salary.
After the transcription of the conversation became public, the BBC, Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey has tweeted: “The Humphrys-Sopel trade reveals, very properly, that we are against.”
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Asked if his comments showed that he did not support equal pay, Humphrys told ITV News: “This is rubbish, of course, is hogwash.”
He said that the cat with his “old friend” Sopel took place at 04:00 GMT, ahead of a pre-recorded interview on Monday morning’s edition of Today.
“We are in the habit, Jon and me, to liquidate each other and the purpose of this jokey – I stress jokey – exchange was a little bit of mutual’s mickey, and that’s all it was,” he said.
“If people took a different message from him, it could not be because they do not appreciate that it was a joke.”
He added: “It has absolutely nothing to do with my point of view on the wages of women, which, I repeat, and have always said must be equal – equal pay for equal work.”
Humphrys said he had no idea the conversation was recorded and the result of a leak, first reported in the Sun and the Times newspapers, has been “slightly annoying”.
In an open letter about his resignation, Gracie had accused the company of having a “secret and illegal to pay for culture.”
Last year, the BBC, the list of all the salaries of all employees earning more than Â£150,000 a year, which revealed Humphrys, who has presented the Today programme since 1987, had a salary of Â£600,000 – Â£649,000.
He showed Sopel, the united states editor, earned Â£ 200,000-Â£249,999, while the Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen won Â£150,000Â£199,999.
At the time of his / her salary has been revealed, Humphrys said that it was difficult to justify, telling the BBC that the lower wages earned by his female colleagues, Today was not right and that he was “not happy”.”Back to slap the right of men
In their exchanges, Humphrys would have asked Sopel on the amount of your salary that you are ready to hand over to Carrie Gracie for keeping it.”
He then made reference to “other men who earn too much” to the BBC.
Sopel is understood to have replied that “if we speak of the scope of the more redistribution, I’m going to go back and say,” well, yes, Mr Humphrys, but…'”
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A spokesman for the BBC said: “It was an ill-advised off-the-air in a conversation that the presenter regrets.”
She added: “The BBC undertakes to obtain from its compensation structures, and, as we have said, we do a complete analysis of the presenter to pay.”
Miriam O’reilly, who won an ageism case against the BBC in 2011, after the fall of Countryfile, described the exchange as “basic, haughty and condescending”.
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Claiming to have heard a recording of the conversation, O’reilly said that the attitude of slapping titled men”.
Following Gracie’s resignation, the united KINGDOM, the equality watchdog said that he had to write to the company “requiring them to provide us with information on their remuneration policy and the facts”.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission said it would examine whether other measures are needed, according to the response from the company.