Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague accuses BBC colleague of 'mansplaining' on air

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Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague accused her BBC colleague of “mansplaining” live on air.

Gary Richardson was plugging Montague’s interview with the mother of swimmer Adam Peaty on Thursday’s Radio 4 Today Programme when the exchange took place. 

Peaty, 22, from Staffordshire, has retained his world titles in the 50m and 100m breaststroke in Budapest this week and broke his own world record in the 50m twice in the same day on Tuesday. 

Montague accused Richardson of mansplaining after he appeared to brief her on a question she should ask during the interview with Peaty’s mother later in the show.

Richardson said: “It’s been a great week for Adam Peaty, who has won a second gold medal at “this week’s World Championships. 

Richardson was plugging Montague’s interview with the mother of GB swimmer Adam Peaty (AFP/Getty Images)

“His time just outside the world record. We will have more on that story, I think Sarah is going to be speaking to Adam Peaty’s mum. 

“Peaty was saying that because his family were there, that’s why he swam faster, so that’s a possible question for you, Sarah.”

Montague replied: “Thanks, thanks very much for mansplaining that,” before Richardson said: “No, the thing is we were going to have a little clip, but we haven’t quite got time, so I thought I’d mention it.”

She then said: “You would fill it in by briefing me?”

Mansplaining is when men explain something to women in a patronising or condescending manner.

Some listeners praised Montague, the second longest serving presenter of the flagship show, for calling out her colleague.

Alison Fordham wrote on Twitter: “Love @Sarah_Montague even more for calling Gary Richardson out with ‘thanks for mansplaining that to me’ on @BBCr4today.”

Another woman named Jane said: “@Sarah_Montague Nice one Sarah. Mansplaining indeed. Gave me my first giggle of the day. Brilliant.”

Ben Whitham said: “Thanks for mansplaining that to me’, Sarah Montague to co-host on #r4today.”

But another Twitter user said: “I heard your accusation of ‘mansplaining’ on #R4Today. I find this deeply offensive and sexist.”

Last weekend, Montague was among 42 female broadcasters, who wrote an open letter to BBC director general Lord Hall, urging him to take immediate action to close the gender pay gap at the corporation. 


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