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Sue MacGregor: Radio 4 star details 'awkward' moment she confronted BBC boss over pay

Sue MacGregor has said she endured an “awkward encounter” with Lord Tony Hall, 69, over pay. The BBC Radio 4 spoke to the then head of news at the broadcaster.

The 79-year-old said she was certainly a victim of the gender pay gap while on the Today programme.

She challenged him years before he became director-general, a role he stepped down from last month.

“It was an awkward encounter because he really didn’t know what to say,” Sue stated.

“He couldn’t really say, ‘Well, John Humphrys is a better journalist than you, and Jim Naughtie has more experience than you’.”

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The star continued: “Though that’s probably what he thought. I wasn’t given any particular reason.

“I felt very indignant, but then it faded away, and in the end I just thought, I can’t be bothered to fight this.”

Sue hosted Woman’s Hour – which first launched in the mid 1940s – from 1972 until 1987.

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Three years before her exit, the star became one of the hosts of the Today programme, a position she held until 2002.

She said she had spoken to current The Reunion presenter and married mother-of-two, Kirsty Wark, 65, about the same matter recently.

Sue stated: “She didn’t really comment, because she’s obviously a very well-organised person.

“But to do what she’s done, and bring up her two children, I thought it was extraordinary.”

She added: “But there are lots of women like that in broadcasting. In fact, I’m sort of unique in not having a husband or a child.

Source:Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

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