Radio 4 star Sue MacGregor details 'awkward' moment she confronted BBC boss ...

SUE MACGREGOR - BBC Radio 4 legend, known for fronting Woman's Hour and the Today programme - has recalled how she challenged the BBC's director-general over the gender pay gap.

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Sue MacGregor has said she endured an "awkward encounter" with Lord Tony Hall, 69, over pay. The BBC Radio 4 spoke to the then head of news at the broadcaster.

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I can’t be bothered to fight this

Sue MacGregor

The 79-year-old said she was certainly a victim of the gender pay gap while on the Today programme.

She challenged him years before he became director-general, a role he stepped down from last month.

"It was an awkward encounter because he really didn’t know what to say," Sue stated.

"He couldn’t really say, ‘Well, John Humphrys is a better journalist than you, and Jim Naughtie has more experience than you'."

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The star continued: "Though that’s probably what he thought. I wasn’t given any particular reason.

"I felt very indignant, but then it faded away, and in the end I just thought, I can’t be bothered to fight this."

Sue hosted Woman's Hour - which first launched in the mid 1940s - from 1972 until 1987.

Three years before her exit, the star became one of the hosts of the Today programme, a position she held until 2002.

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