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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
With me are Broadcaster and Campaigner, Henry Bonsu
and the former Trader Minister, Lord Digby Jones.
A warm welcome to both of you, thank you for being with us.
Tomorrow's front pages, starting with
the Telegraph reports of a gender pay gap within the BBC,
as the salary of the corporation's top-earning presenters
The Mail also has that story, saying the corporation will name
nearly 100 stars who are paid more than the Prime Minister.
The I also leads on BBC pay, it says two-thirds of the broadcasters'
The Guardian reports that Theresa May has been told to sack
the saboteurs within her cabinet, by the Conservatives influential
The Times reports on what it calls "rip-off credit card fees",
which are set to be banned, which is says could save shoppers
The Metro reports on an ongoing court case involving a police
helicopter allegedly used to film people having sex
The Express leads on a study that claims that avoiding the so-called
middle-aged spread dramatically reduces the risk of diabetes.
And the FT examines today's unexpected drop in inflation,
which saw the pound slightly fall against the dollar on the news.
We will talk in more detail about some of those stories, but let's
kick off with the Telegraph, Henry, the BBC's gender pay gap revealed.
The BBC is a beacon of equality and diversity, but it appears that when
it comes to the pay differentials between men and women, it is failing
badly. Out of the 96 top names are earning more than the Prime
Minister, more than ?150,000, 62, and two thirds are male. This is an
embarrassment to the BBC, which doesn't want to see itself as a
sexist organisation, and is preparing itself for a backlash from
female presenters in current affairs, sport, entertainment and
drama. But also from the public, it is public money, we pay the licence
fee. It does say that the BBC needs to go further and fast on issues of
gender, but it is certainly doing better than other broadcasters. It
is doing better, but because the BBC feels it owns... The public feels it
owns the BBC, that is why it has to respond in ways that Sky, ITV and
other broadcasters don't feel they have two. It employs more people. In
its heyday, 28,000, now it is down to 19,000. It is under pressure on
pay, race, diversity, Lenny Henry was in polymer today saying we need
better targets not just for people in front of the camera, but behind
the camera. -- was in Parliament today. A lot of women in this,
people will look at them Brown, I am is experienced, why is he paid more
than a? Is this a debate worth having? I applaud the BBC, for
instance, of bringing it on for us to talk about tonight. That is a
real quality decision to make, look at yourselves in public, and weld
on. -- well done. Some of the matters will be lost in translation,
don't let the facts get in the way of a good story. It is fair to say,
let me pick some names, if you have John Humphrys or Hugh Edwards, that
sort of quality, and experience, and a long time in the job, different
parts of what you would call journalism, I can see why that by, I
don't know what he is paid, I will find out tomorrow. But I can see why
he is going to be paid a lot more than a female, quality journalist
doing this job, but frankly, hasn't been around as long. I understand
that. It is a shame he is a bloke because it defeats the argument, but
that is a different argument. It gives rise to another argument,
because a female presenter of the vintage of John Humphrys, you won't
find her presenting the Today programme. The real test will be,
two things, one is to people on the sofa in the morning, breakfast
television, both of the same vintage and experience. If we find out
tomorrow that the bloke is earning more than the woman, that is
dreadful. The second is, I am more of the bring her back and ignore her
age campaign, the BBC did have a tradition of pension in off women of
a certain age. Let's show you the Daily Mail, which has a similar
story. A panic at the BBC. Should other organisations, as well as the
BBC, tell us about who they play. Other organisations, Sky, ITV... I
can remember during the MP pay, I remember question Time, which was
devoted to MPs expenses for two weeks on the trot. One member of the
audience would say, what are you paid? He said it was not their
business. But from tomorrow, it is my business. But only for those over
?150,000. Ajax set that. To be fair, your question was about Sky and ITV,
I don't pay their wages. The problem is, these are
organisations that exist in a country which professes that it is a
beacon of human rights, tolerance, diversity, and all these
organisations have signed up to edicts on equality and diversity. By
the way, there is something very special about this organisation in
the terms of the fact that it is not a state broadcaster, but it is
unique because it is paid by the public but is not a state
broadcaster. It is being forced to. But it is. There are quite a few
broadcasters in the Western world that won't be doing this to work.
Let's go to the Financial Times, they have this news. It is
amazing... For those that don't know, a surprise fall in inflation.
We have a good news economic story on the front page of the propaganda
sheet called the FT. They are not even saying, despite Brexit. They
are not saying it. It is not there. I am pleased and delighted. I am
even more delighted for the country, because even though it is a small
bit, it means inflation is coming down a bit. Let's wait and see, what
is the trend? But it means the immediate thing, the article refers
to it, it takes the pressure off them Pankov England to put up
interest rates, because how do you deal with increasing inflation? You
make money more expensive so that people don't go out, borrow and by.
It is good news. Most experts think the trend is going to be upwards of
inflation. Of course we have all these forecasters that get it right
all the time, don't we... Digby, if it has dropped... You hate it, don't
you. It is a current affairs programme, we need to see the other
side of the argument. Lots of people still feel squeezed. When they see
prices rising, prices of all kinds of things, they will. Spending. 14
weeks ago, you buried the British economy. Last week, you were burying
the British colony. For once, it says it is alive and well. You
say... I agree... 13 months ago, you were on the fence. You didn't know
if you would be a Brexiteer. Now you have become a standard bearer of a
hard Brexit. A standard-bearer for a country, actually. Even if hard
Brexit... I get this feeling that so many people in this public space
would love for this economy to fail. Absolutely not! Let's move on, let's
move on, Ding, Ding. The Financial Times, rip-off fees are using credit
cards. Henry, to be banned. This is something I feel strongly about,
because I use my credit card more than cash, especially when it comes
to paying off tax bills. Government agencies have been punishing you by
levying fees of up to 5%. The Times investigates airlines, travel
agents, ticket booking websites, they are the worst offenders. If the
ban comes in, it looks like it is going to be. It could save shoppers
nearly ?500 million a year on including convenience stores and
pubs, they will be banned from doing this. People don't know they are
charged until they check out at the end. Actually, Digby, talking about
transparency in terms of pay, this is transparency. Looking at this
before coming on air, we were in total agreement on this. That's
breaking news! If a business is saying, I hope no one finds out.
They deserve a kicking. I sincerely hope they will get one. Yeah. Where
you have to be concerned is the credit card companies charge the
retailer. If they want to pass that on, 0.6% or whatever, that is
legitimate. It is different to what it says in the article, where it
says, a lot of people justify 2.5% because that is what it costs, they
say, for each credit card transaction because it reflects
staff and IT system costs. That was a government department, a DVLA in
Swansea saying I have made ?42 million. This takes us on smoothly
to cars, and the DVLA. Let's talk about Mercedes, according to the
Telegraph. 3 million the Sadie 's cars recalled for an emissions fix.
Quite a big story. Mercedes based in Germany, so every Mercedes-Benz car
sold in this country in the last six years will be recalled, or since
2011. This is the fake emissions results scandal. A bit like the
Volkswagen scandal, costing millions. People will receive
letters to bring their cars in. It will take an hour to change this
particular piece of kit and it will be free of charge.
I am going to save you here, I think at the moment, they are saying,
"This kit isn't working in the way we said it would. So can we change
it free of charge?" When you said the words, they have been at it,
fixing it, that is an allegation as we speak. I am not sure anyone has
found them guilty yet. They are being recalled. I have saved you an
oil spill. 3 million cars, ... If I was sitting in Woakes Boer, the home
of BW comic I would think, why only me? Let's move on to the Cabinet.
They have their lovely family photo today. They are happy and smiley. We
have all been there. The wedding photograph of auntie Alice, and your
mother tells you to smile. That is this grinning together photograph.
Of course, at the moment, the government is in disarray, it is all
being done in anonymous briefings. The Prime Minister is saying in a
bubble, you are all in the frame. Philip Hammond, saying, yes, for
your job. It is this constant lampooning of the political class
from which I find very refreshing. I am not part of the brittle class,
are you? I thought we were both independent -- the political class.
What do you think about the rows within the Cabinet? Is it people
ganging up on Philip Hammond? It is a lot of people jostling for
position. And also disagreeing honestly about Brexit, about
austerity. If you Theresa May, you would think, divide and rule. Wait,
hold your space, get through the summer recess, and draw their fire.
And actually, let the media do what the media do, which is put up
rumours all the time and frustrate the opposition into not... Henry,
how deep are the divisions? Long-term, they are terminal.
Looking at this picture... Terminal for who, the Conservatives? Of the
Theresa May? The Conservatives if there is a general election. Define
terminal for the Conservatives, do you mean general election? You
believe there will be a general election? If there is... In the next
two years. He is not alone in thinking that. Why call a general
election in the middle of Brexit. It might be taken out of their hands.
We will see, like so many issues. Henry, Digby, many thanks to you, as
ever. Don't forget you can see the front
pages of the papers online It's all there for you,
seven days a week at bbc.co.uk. Hello. A change is taking place in
our weather. And the change has already been dramatic across some
parts of the country, south-west England, especially west Cornwall,
torrential rain, vicious thunderstorms, and these storms
quite hit and miss, spreading across the southern counties of Britain.
Particularly intense storms to the west of London. That is how the
lightning looked early on for a weather watcher in Plymouth. As the
thunderstorms continued through tonight and into tomorrow, there is
the risk of disruption and localised flooding, the BBC local radio
station is worth tuning in to to keep up-to-date during breakfast
time tomorrow morning. As we go through the rest of the night, the
showers and storms moved erratically northwards. Some places will scape
as they are dry. Other places will see rain in a short space of time,
frequent lightning, and hail. Scotland will stay largely dry.
Quite a messy picture tomorrow. Bands of showers and thunderstorms
continued to track northwards. Further storms work into North Wales
and north-west England later on. All the while, turning soggy across
Northern Ireland. At the same time, warmth and nudity in place for in
East Anglia -- humidity. 32 degrees, more cloud further west, and across
North Wales, perhaps later into North west England as well, further
very intense downpours and thunderstorms. There that in mind if
you are travelling. Storms across Scotland, very wet in Northern
Ireland through the afternoon, the odd flash of lightning here as well.
As we go through tomorrow evening, tomorrow night, we will see the
various areas of rain, moving eastwards, and eventually, as that
happens, and we get into Thursday, we will be left with westerly winds,
bringing fresh air. The change in our weather will be complete by this
stage. Spells of sunshine and not a bad day on Thursday. Look at the
drop in temperatures, 17-22. As we moved out of Thursday into Friday,
it looks like wet weather in places, further spells of rain to take us
into the weekend. We stick with the cooler, fresher feel.