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The response to John Humphrys’ “jokes” shows we’re still letting the wrong people speak about pay

It is, apparently, only women standing together with their female colleagues who aren’t allowed to comment, while men can carry on making those same women the butt of their jokes

By Sian Norris  

John Humphrys arriving at the Broadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Awards in 2013. Photo: PA

Have you heard the one about the woman who was paid less than her male colleagues for doing the same job?

That’s the joke according to Radio 4’s Today show presenter John Humphrys, who found himself in hot water on Thursday night after a conversation between him and Jon Sopel was leaked to the Times. In the leaked recording, he makes light of the pay gap and recent revelations by former China editor Carrie Gracie that the…

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