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PLATELL & # 39; S PEOPLE: Will BBC women ever stop worrying about their pay?


Will we ever see an end to the special request from women staff at the BBC?

They are appalled that the Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission has decided that Beeb does not have unlawful wage discrimination. Can't they accept that pay should be based on talent, as is the case in any commercial business, and not on a person's gender?

The truth is, many of Beeb's women are already overpaid – some of them grotesque. How does Zoe Ball deal with the only £ 1 million raise last year, bad sausage?

And what about campaign cheerleader Carrie Gracie, who, as China editor for BBC News Tools, shut down after discovering she made less money than some male international editors?

How does Zoe Ball (pictured) deal with the only £ 1 million raise last year, bad sausage?

At the time, I'd never noticed Gracie on TV. After quitting her job in China, she ran the daily news and was spectacularly unremarkable. Now she has left the BBC with no doubt a fabulous pension, despite generously donating the repayment she received to the Fawcett Society to help set up the Equal Pay Advice Service.

Meanwhile, Radio 4 Today's Sarah Montague won £ 400,000 severance pay from Beeb, paid less than co-hosts like John Humphrys, now a Mail colleague. That struck me as ridiculous. Montague could never see himself in the same league as one of the greatest radio hosts of all time.

Similarly, battled Samira Ahmed, who was fighting for £ 700,000 in repayment, claiming she should get as much for her unobserved Newswatch show as Jeremy Vine for his hugely successful Points Of View. Vine is by far the superior moderator. It would be just as outrageous if an unobserved male presenter earned something like the esteemed – and highly paid – Fiona Bruce.

Samira Ahmed (pictured with Carrie Gracie) fighting for £ 700,000 for repayment claiming she should get as much for her unobserved Newswatch show as Jeremy Vine for his hugely successful Points Of View

Samira Ahmed (pictured with Carrie Gracie) fighting for £ 700,000 for repayment claiming she should get as much for her unobserved Newswatch show as Jeremy Vine for his hugely successful Points Of View

Yes, there is sexism and wage differentials at work. I experienced it when I was the young boss of older men who were paid more than me.

But the BBC has already paid out a fortune of licensees 'money to correct old mistakes – and these women' s constant failure to see life is unfair paints them as needy and puts them at a serious disadvantage.

Broadcasting is a tough business full of great talent, both men and women. If we want equality, stardust, popularity, and audience numbers speak.

Radio 4 Today's Sarah Montague (pictured) won a £ 400,000 settlement from Beeb, which was paid less than co-hosts like John Humphrys (far right), now a Mail colleague

Radio 4 Today's Sarah Montague (pictured) won a £ 400,000 settlement from Beeb, which was paid less than co-hosts like John Humphrys (far right), now a Mail colleague

Nigella's curry is codswallop

People did remarkable things during the lockdown: wrote novels, learned a language. Nigella Lawson filmed another cooking show where she mashed 12 frozen fish fingers in an unholy curry mixture.

My lockdown mission was to do a taste test on fish fingers. Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs, Disgusting; extra chunky, absolutely tasteless. After eating about 1,000, I can tell that Captain Birdseye's original frozen cod fingers, cooked in the oven with a squeeze of lemon, are second to none. No bones, no smell, no fuss. And no Nigella massacre.

Amanda Holden shared a picture of her Christmas tree that was put up this week and humbly said that it is so perfect that she will think about sitting on it. Let's hope she doesn't turn on the lights or explode with all that botox.

Box wise with Nic, strict

Despite a smile that outshone the glitter ball, Nicola Adams & # 39; dreams were shattered because her partner Katya Jones has Covid-19. What's the point of Strictly without her?

As the other great boxer Muhammad Ali may have said, she stomps like a butterfly – but what joy she brought to the show.

It can't be beyond the minds of Strictly bosses to find a way to keep them on the show with another partner after their two week quarantine is up.

Six weeks before the final, I can't just long for Nicola to keep dancing – and exceed her weight and talent.

Nicola Adams' dreams have been shattered because her partner Katya Jones has Covid-19. What's the point of Strictly without her?

Nicola Adams' dreams have been shattered because her partner Katya Jones has Covid-19. What's the point of Strictly without her?

Former Olympic racing cyclist Chris Boardman let the cat out of the bag when he praised Manchester's decision to clog the streets by replacing half of the lanes with bike lanes. He said it was necessary "to encourage people to drop their cars".

Tell your local plumber that if your boiler goes down, sunshine. And I suppose scaffolding should now support their poles on their bikes?

Let's all be Helena

Supermodel Helena Christensen, 51, passionately advocates that women be friendlier to one another. "We all have the same insecurities, we are all in the same boat." I'm not sure about that, honey. The last time my butt looked like yours was 16 years old.

Supermodel Helena Christensen, 51, passionately advocates that women be friendlier to one another

Supermodel Helena Christensen, 51, passionately advocates that women treat each other more friendly

Oh, not another royal saga, I thought when friends said I just had to watch the new Netflix series The Queen & # 39; s Gambit. However, instead of royal tears and tiara before bed, it's an odd show about chess.

It's incredibly stylish set in the 1960s. It's absolutely gripping. And all the chess pieces are so excited about the ban that almost half a million of them signed up for chess.com last week alone. Although I'm worried about the Ingénue heroine, the child prodigy Beth, played by the beguiling Anya Taylor-Joy with wide eyes.

I'm afraid Anna Karenina has a touch of game – passionate, passionate, yet destined for sadness. My advice to her: don't get on the train.

Westminster Wars

  • Due to the rules drawn up by Commons chief Jacob Rees-Mogg, former Sports Secretary Tracey Crouch was banned from video-watching a debate on breast cancer even though she is currently recovering from treatment for the disease. Sometimes these crusts are so non-contact.
  • To reassure us about the safety of the new Covid vaccine, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam says he is so sure he wants his mother to have it. Very good, but maybe we should first check how well he's getting on with mom.
  • It's been 200 days since a minister appeared on Good Morning Britain. Too fancy to push out the boat for ordinary people watching breakfast TV, or fear that Piers Morgan will take them apart?
  • Advisor number 10, Dominic Cummings, left "with immediate effect." That should give him enough time to go to various castles around the country and check his eyesight.

Jamie Oliver tears crocodile tears when he says he was "broken" that his parents sold the Essex pub he grew up in and learned to cook in. With a fortune of £ 240 million, he could have bought The Cricketers with his change.

Jamie Oliver (pictured with father Trevor Oliver) tears crocodile as he says he was "broken" that his parents sold the Essex pub where he grew up and learned to cook

Jamie Oliver (pictured with father Trevor Oliver) tears crocodile tears as he says he was "broken" that his parents sold the Essex pub where he grew up and learned to cook

Don't diss our Tue

For those who grew up both enchanted and confused by Princess Diana, it's hard to share the excitement over Emma Corrin's waif-like portrayal of her in The Crown. But nobody can compete with Di & # 39; s magic.

And it is disappointing that, at the insistence of the young actress, graphic scenes of Diana vomiting in the toilet were added.

Not including them would have been "a disservice to anyone who has been through this (bulimia)".

But what about the disservice – not to mention the hardship – for their sons William and Harry, as well as the millions of us who loved Diana?

I'm a Celebrity starts tomorrow minus the kangaroo testicles minus the outside shower that is so often decked out by luscious love affairs like Myleene Klass minus the sun, and sets in in freezing Wales instead.

This will be about as much fun as watching a sober and very nondescript Ant McPartlin read his jokes from an autocue.

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