Many a slip twixt lip and mic

The Herald - - OPINION -

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.

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