BBC's Dan Walker Takes On The Sun Newspaper Over 'Lying' Front Page

Presenter hits back at wage claims

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The real scandal of the Beeb's wage bill revelation is not the fact its top talent make treble figures, but that its male talent are so much better paid than females doing equivalent jobs.

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Having taken the understandable decision to splash on the furore, the Sun newspaper almost got it right, focusing on BBC Breakfast co-hosts Dan Walker, who earns 250k a year, and Louise Minchin, who earns less than 150k.

As a symbol of the disparity, it's perfect: Walker, Minchin's junior, sits next to her on the same sofa and does exactly the same job every morning - which is say nod soothingly at Remarkable Real Life People and chuckle politely at B-listers on futile comeback trails.

There's only one problem, which is the facts.

As Walker himself pointed out on Twitter, the pair are paid the same for BBC Breakfast – he earns more because he also presents Football Focus, another BBC show.

Hardly the most heinous #fakenews in the Sun's considerable repertoire, but a missed opportunity all the same.

They probably should have focused on the astonishing fact that the Beeb's second highest sports commentator, Alan Shearer, gets paid more for sitting on Match of the Day and saying "he's stuck his head on it and it's gone in" (£400-450k) than Sue Barker does for singlehandedly carrying Wimbledon (£300,000-349,999) or indeed Gabby Logan does for finding something interesting to say about everything from the London Marathon to Sports Personality of the Year (£200,000-249,999) .

In any case, let's hope the whole story acts as a wake up call about the pay gap at the BBC and beyond.