Tuesday 17 July 2018

Timeline

BBC presenters Vanessa Feltz (left) and Claudia Winkleman. Photo: PA
BBC presenters Vanessa Feltz (left) and Claudia Winkleman. Photo: PA

Sunday, July 30: The Irish edition of the 'Sunday Times' publishes the controversial column by Kevin Myers. The piece, on the gender pay gap at the BBC, notes that two well-paid female presenters Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz are Jewish.

Mr Myers says Jews are not generally noted for selling their talent for the lowest possible price, a remark which causes uproar. Other parts of the article are criticised as misogynistic. The newspaper deletes the piece from its online edition and fires Mr Myers. Apologies are issued by editor Martin Ivens and Ireland editor Frank Fitzgibbon, who says he takes "full responsibility for this error of judgment".

Monday, July 31

Vanessa Feltz describes the article as "surprisingly hurtful" and asks how it ended up in the newspaper.

But the Jewish Council of Ireland comes to Mr Myers' defence, saying he was not an anti-Semite.

Tuesday, August 1

Kevin Myers apologises for the article in an interview with RTÉ's Sean O'Rourke and insists he is not anti-Semitic or misogynistic.

He says he made an error of judgment and the fault lay with him alone.

He says the article would have been seen by five or six people at the 'Sunday Times' in both Dublin and London between him submitting it and it being published.

Wednesday, August 2

Senior editorial executives at the Irish edition of the 'Sunday Times' are spoken to as part of an internal review.

Mr Fitzgibbon and associate editor John Burns are among those spoken to by 'Sunday Times' executive editor Bob Tyrer.

Mr Myers offers another apology in an interview with the BBC.

Friday, August 4

The 'Sunday Times' press office declines to comment on the review.

A spokesperson says Mr Fitzgibbon is working on this weekend's edition.

Irish Independent

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