Newspaper headlines: BBC pay prompts gender questions

By BBC News

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The BBC's admission that two-thirds of its highest-paid stars are men - ahead of the disclosure of the salaries of all top-earning presenters - makes the lead for the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and the i.

The Telegraph says the corporation is braced for a staff revolt as employees discover that colleagues in the same job are paid vastly more.

In some cases, the paper continues, female presenters who sit alongside male colleagues on the same shows will be revealed to earn less.

It quotes one well-known female presenter as saying the corporation is stuffed with "male 'intellectual titans' with egos the size of planets" who demand huge salaries and get them.

It says the stars have been warned to expect public anger over the huge salaries - and a backlash from staff on lower salaries.

The story is reported in most of the other papers, too.

The Sun headlines its newspaper coverage: "British Blokes Corp."

The Guardian says the BBC will allow its stars to engage with critics and defend themselves on social media after their pay is revealed.

It has offered support and advice on dealing with the fallout, the paper adds.

The Guardian's lead is a call by Conservative backbenchers for Theresa May to sack any disloyal ministers found to have leaked details of cabinet meetings or plotted against her leadership.

According to the paper, three senior members of the backbench 1922 Committee have said the prime minister has their full support to re-establish discipline in her team and rejected the idea of a leadership election.

A number of papers publish the first official picture of the cabinet at Downing Street since the post-election reshuffle - alongside reports of Mrs May's plea to ministers to unite and not to brief the media about cabinet discussions.

The Times has the headline: "Ministers keep a lid on their squabbles for official photo."

The Daily Mirror describes it as a "jolly" photo but says potential leadership contenders were uncomfortably lined up together - and two bitter rivals - Chancellor Philip Hammond and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson - sat awkwardly next to each other on the front row.

The Times leads on the announcement that surcharges for using credit and debit cards are to be outlawed from next year - a move it believes that could save shoppers £500m a year.

It says the ban follows an investigation by the paper that exposed widespread abuse of laws designed to stop companies using card charges to pad out profits.

Airlines, travel agents, ticket booking websites, universities and councils were among those found to be levying fees of up to 3.5%, it adds.

Finally, news that North Sea cod has been certified as sustainable, a decade after stocks were facing collapse, is welcomed.

The Financial Times says cod has been consumed in Britain at least since the arrival of the Norsemen in the 9th Century - and its return caps a remarkable recovery for a popular fish.

The Guardian says British cod is back on the menu - and fish and chip lovers can enjoy it with a clear conscience.