Portsmouth University chancellor calls for equal pay over QI presenter role

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Portsmouth University chancellor Sandi Toksvig has said it would be ‘absurd’ if she does not receive the same pay cheque as Stephen Fry for hosting BBC’s comedy quiz QI.

The British-Danish writer, 58, known for hosting BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz for 23 years, now replaces Fry as host of the programme after a break which saw her co-found the Women’s Equality Party with Catherine Mayer in 2015.

Speaking to the Radio Times about whether she would get the same pay cheque for her QI role as her predecessor, she said: ‘That, you would have to ask them (the BBC).

‘Certainly if you are doing the same job it seems a bit absurd if you’re not paid the same.’

The broadcaster said it did not comment on such matters.