Sunday Times removes ‘anti-Semitic’ column on BBC pay

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Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman
Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman are among the BBC’s highest paid female stars. Reuters

A Sunday Times online article has been removed after being branded “anti-Semitic” and “disgraceful”.

Readers called for columnist Kevin Myers to be sacked, after he suggested BBC presenters Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz earned high salaries because they were Jewish.

The piece, titled “Sorry, ladies – equal pay has to be earned”, appeared in the Irish edition of the newspaper.

The paper’s editor has apologised “unreservedly” for the offence caused.

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism has made a formal complaint about the article to press regulator Ipso.

The column follows criticism of the BBC, after it was revealed two-thirds of its stars earning more than £150,000 are male.

Commenting that two of the best-paid presenters, Winkleman and Feltz, were Jewish, Mr Myers wrote: “Good for them.

“Jews are not generally noted for their insistence…

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