THE BBC is confronting flourishing demands to dump radio maestro John Humphrys for joking about the gender compensate gap.
The sour fight of difference pennyless out between male and womanlike BBC news presenters after the trickle of Humphrys’ off-air discuss with co-worker John Sopel.
Some womanlike Beeb presenters are “incandescent” and melancholy a walkout over the Mastermind host, 74.
A source at equal compensate campaign organisation BBC Women said: “The only excusable outcome is for him to go.”
But Beeb bosses are station by the Radio 4 Today programme maestro — who will still be allowed to horde segments on the gender compensate gap.
And yesterday, Humphrys discharged the fasten as “silly banter” leaked by “some nasty person”.
Senior sources last night reliable that Mastermind presenter Humphrys, 74, will not face disciplinary movement over his taped remarks, which were published in The Sun yesterday.
Some womanlike BBC presenters yesterday pennyless arrange and retweeted or “liked” the story on social media.
They enclosed Emma Barnett Rachel Burden, Andrea Catherwood, Kirsty Wark and Leah Boleto.
A source at BBC Women, an inner organisation campaigning for equal pay, said: “Humphrys is a dinosaur, there’s a reason they are now extinct.
“The BBC Women are mad about this. They’re illuminated with fury and are baying for blood.
“The only excusable outcome they can see is for him to go. They censure Humphrys not Sopel.
“It’s getting towards the indicate of a mass walkout by women at the BBC. They are so angry that Humphrys would not only hold these views, but share them in a studio while being recorded.”
Jane Garvey, a heading figure in the BBC equal compensate campaign, pronounced the sell showed what women at the Beeb were “up against”.
HERE is the twin of the controversial off-air chat.
HUMPHRYS: “Slight change of subject, the first doubt will be how much of your income you are prepared to palm over to Carrie Gracie to keep her, and then a few comments about your other colleagues, you know, like the Middle East editor and the other men who are earning too much…”
SOPEL: “I mean, apparently if we are articulate about the range for the biggest redistribution I’ll have to come back and contend good approbation Mr Humphrys, but…”
HUMPHRYS: “And we could save you the difficulty as we could proffer that I’ve handed over already some-more than you f***ing earn but I’m still left with some-more than anybody else and that seems to me to be wholly just — something like that would do it?”
The recording was leaked to Miriam O’Reilly, 60, who won an ageism case against the Beeb in 2011 after she was axed from TV’s Countryfile.
The BBC has described the review as ill-advised.
A source pronounced government were “deeply unimpressed”.
Bosses do not trust Humphrys should be banned from hosting future discussions on the theme since he was not actively campaigning for a sold outlook on the issue.
In the leaked discuss before Monday’s Today show, Humphrys and North America editor Sopel, 58, talked about Carrie Gracie, 55, after she quit as China editor in criticism at unsymmetrical pay.
Humphrys pronounced it was just “silly banter”, adding: “This is not something that’s going to browbeat my existence. As distant as I’m concerned, it’s over and finished with.
“If one could relive the last few days, we substantially would not have finished the same discuss with Sopel. Or would I? Perhaps.
“Some nasty person motionless that the universe was entitled to hear it, and that one is not entitled to have private conversations.”
He last night discharged his comments as “mutual mickey-taking” and told ITV News it was “mildly annoying” someone chose to trickle them.
Insiders explain the BBC is doubtful to examine the trickle since it is unfortunate to pierce on from the row.