John Humphrys defends 'jokey' pay gap remarks about Carrie Gracie

Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys has defended off-air comments he made about the BBC’s gender pay gap, describing them as part of a “jokey” exchange.

The Today programme host told ITV News he had “consistently” spoken out in favour of “equal pay for equal work”.

Humphrys and North America editor Jon Sopel were recorded discussing colleague Carrie Gracie, who quit as China editor over “pay discrimination”.

The BBC was “deeply unimpressed” with the off-air chat, a BBC

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