John Humphrys, horde of Radio 4’s Today programme, and North America editor Jon Sopel were apparently available off-air articulate about Carrie Gracie.
Gracie quit as China editor after accusing the BBC of a “secretive and illegal compensate culture” in which her male counterparts at the same turn were being paid distant more.
According to The Sun and The Times, Humphrys told Sopel: “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 replied: “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, 74, reportedly responded: “And we could save you the difficulty as we could proffer that I’ve handed over already some-more than you f****** earn but I’m still left with some-more than anybody else and that seems to me to be wholly just…”
The sell reportedly happened on Monday, before the Today programme was on air, and the same day Gracie co-hosted the show with Humphrys.
The BBC presenter told The Times the review was not dictated to make light of Gracie’s pull for compensate equality.
“This was what we suspicion was an sell between two old friends who have famous any other for 30 years and were holding the mickey out of any other,” pronounced Humphrys.
“It was zero to do with Carrie’s campaign.”
A BBC mouthpiece said: “This was an brash off-air review which the presenter regrets.
“The BBC is committed to getting its compensate structures right and, as we have said, we are conducting a extensive research of presenter pay.”
The BBC pay avowal last summer showed Sopel was in the £200,000 – £249,999 compensate bracket, while Humphrys was earning between £600,000 and £649,999.
Gracie has pronounced she gets £135,000.
Former BBC publisher Miriam O’Reilly, who won an ageism case against the house in 2011, claimed to have listened the recording.
She described it as “smug and condescending” and “beneath what the open would design to hear from John Humphrys”.
Gracie expelled an open minute to the “Dear BBC Audience” when she quit, claiming her employer was not “living up to its settled values of trust, probity and accountability”.
She pronounced male general news editors were being paid 50% some-more than women in the same role.
Gracie combined that she had been offering a £45,000 compensate rise, to £180,000, but that it was still reduction than men in the same role.
“I simply wish the BBC to reside by the law and value men and women equally,” she wrote.
Responding to Gracie’s letter, the BBC pronounced “fairness in compensate is vital” and that an “independent judge-led review of compensate for arrange and file staff showed ‘no systemic taste against women’.”
The quarrel comes after the BBC published salaries of some of its biggest stars in July.
It suggested disparities between some presenters in identical roles – for instance a £200,000 opening between Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce, who both benefaction dusk news programmes.