The Sunday Times has sacked Kevin Myers, a journalist whose column in the Irish edition of the paper suggested that high-profile BBC presenters Claudia Winkelman and Vanessa Feltz were paid more than their female colleagues because they were Jewish.
Martin Ivens, the paper’s editor, apologised and admitted that the article should never have been published following a wave of criticism on social media, saying that Myer’s column was “unacceptable and should not have been published”.
A spokesperson for the Sunday Times then confirmed that Myers had been let go.
“We can confirm that Kevin Myers will not write again for The Sunday Times Ireland. A printed apology will appear in next week’s paper,” the statement said.
The article, which follows the revelation earlier this month that over two thirds of BBC presenters earning over £150,000 per year are men, was published with the headline “Sorry ladies – equal pay has to be earned”.
The writer singled out the Strictly Come Dancing host Winkleman and BBC radio presenter Feltz. It read: “Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity.”
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