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John Humphrys equal pay row: 'A nasty person leaked my private conversation'

John Humphrys did not know his jokes about equal pay were being recorded by the BBC, he has said, as he dismissed a leaked tape as the work of a “nasty person” with a grudge.

The presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme was recorded joking with Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North America editor, about Carrie Gracie’s resignation as China editor. “Oh, dear God. She’s actually suggested that you should lose money,” Humphrys said, referring to Gracie’s call for the corporation’s foreign editors to be paid the same.

He also claimed to have taken a pay cut greater than Sopel’s £200,000-249,999 salary “but I’m still left with more than anybody else and that seems to me to be entirely just”.

The private conversation took place on Monday, hours after Gracie made her resignation public, as Humphrys and Sopel pre-recorded an interview about the Trump administration. Unbeknown to Humphrys, it was recorded on a...

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