Facebook Twitter Pinterest Miriam O’Reilly: ‘The BBC have got it completely wrong here.’ Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian His comments – in which he made light of Gracie’s decision to leave her post as China editor after she learned that male colleagues, including Sopel, were earning significantly more than her – are believed to have been made on Monday but were leaked on Wednesday and O’Reilly told the producer she had heard them.
He continues: “Oh dear God. She’s actually suggested that you should lose money – you know that, don’t you? You’ve read the thing properly have you?”
leaked off-air conversation between Humphrys, a presenter on Radio 4’s Today programme, and the BBC North America editor, Jon Sopel, about the former China editor Carrie Gracie, the BBC said the comments did not break its editorial guidelines as they were not explicitly campaigning about an issue.
“Minutes after I told the producer that I had heard the tape I was stood down,” said O’Reilly. Asked whether her views led to the change of mind, she said: “I’m absolutely convinced about it, there no doubt in my mind that’s why.”