Newspaper headlines: Female top judge and BBC pay row

By BBC News
Staff

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The Times reveals that a woman will become Britain's top judge for the first time.

It says Lady Hale of Richmond is expected to be confirmed as the next president of the Supreme Court.

The paper describes her as "clever, determined and a bit prickly".

It points out that some of her comments have made headlines, most notably last year when she said the prevalence of what she called "boring old farts" in the judiciary meant there was more consistency in court rulings.

Many of the papers continue to focus on the fallout from the BBC's publication of presenters' wages.

The front page headline in the Daily Mail is "shameless BBC stars are still dodging their tax".

The paper accuses some of the corporation's stars of having their salaries channelled into companies "so they can avoid tax".

In its leader, the Mail argues that the BBC is "wedded to a funding model which is both horribly antiquated, and frankly unsustainable".

The Financial Times wades into the debate about the preponderance of men among the BBC's highest earners.

Its leader says that "for a public corporation that often investigates inequality in business and government, these are ugly headlines".

But it believes the controversy will have served a valid purpose if the disclosures lead to public discussion about the pay gap.

There is a range of opinions on the story in the letters pages.

One person writes to the i newspaper saying: "The kerfuffle about BBC salaries and gender is useless unless we have real comparisons with ITV, Sky and various other broadcasters."

A letter in the Guardian suggests that, in the interests of transparency, whenever a politician is interviewed on television their salary and the salary of the presenter should appear on the screen.

The leader in the Daily Express considers the plight of Sir Andrew Morris, the chief executive of Frimley NHS Trust.

He has provoked a backlash by saying publicly that "blokes die off earlier because they're nagged to death by the other half".

He later apologised for the remark.

Under the headline "boss's trouble and strife", the Express says: "Let's hope for Sir Andrew's sake that at the very least his wife Linda saw the funny side."

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In its opinion column, the paper argues that the party is still recovering from its U-turn on university tuitions fees when it formed part of the coalition government.

Sun goes on to suggest that Sir Vince is the "perfect leader of a party devoid of firm principle" because he backs a second EU referendum, having once described such a poll as an "insult to voters".

It explains that until now, cricket fans have been able to bring as many alcoholic drinks into the venue as they wanted.

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Traditionally these have been consumed with picnics in the Harris Garden.

However, the paper says that due to what it describes as "an alcohol-fuelled bust-up" during the recent Test against South Africa, the relaxed policy may be "whacked for six".