Many a slip twixt lip and mic
WILL some folk never learn? Folk like a certain Today presenter who thought it would be the funniest thing if he joshed off-air with a colleague about the fight by BBC women for equal pay.
John Humphrys is 74. I mention this not to be ageist but to demonstrate that he is old enough to know that being off-air does not mean no recording. But boys will be boys, even if they are ages with a tortoise.
After North America editor Jon Sopel teased him about pay redistribution, the Welshman said he had “already handed over more than you f****** earn, but I’m still left with more than anybody else, and that seems to me entirely just”. Of his co-host, Carrie Gracie, he said: “Oh dear God she’s actually suggested you should lose money.”
A recording duly leaked and a BBC spokeswoman conveyed Mr Humphry’s regrets. As he is so keen to chat this one through, MPs on the Commons culture committee should ask him to appear before them as they have Ms Gracie. OK, John? John? Oh dear, we appear to have lost the line.