The ‘Good Morning Britain’ presenter was at it once again with his ‘BBC Breakfast’ rival on Twitter, as they continued their debate about the corporation’s gender pay gap.
As Piers made a quip about equality in response to one of Dan’s tweets, Dan pushed him to publicly reveal his salary to see if his ‘GMB’ co-host, Susanna Reid, was equally paid.
Piers then hit back, writing: “The British public don’t pay our wages nor do they get jailed for watching us without a licence fee.”
However, what Piers didn’t seem to realise is that while only the BBC is funded by the licence fee, you have to purchase a TV licence in order to be able to watch television live, even if you are tuned into a commercial station like ITV.
While you also may face prosecution for not having a TV licence, the maximum penalty is a £1,000 fine in the UK, plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay. You would not face prison unless you failed to comply with the court’s order.
Unluckily for Dan, he didn’t see the opportunity to shut Piers’s argument down, and carried on pressing Piers on his pay:
Piers is yet to respond to Dan’s request about making his salary public, or indeed his accusations of casual sexism.
Last week, Dan was forced to clarify reports about his own salary at the BBC, after it emerged he took home more than his co-presenters, including Louise Minchin and Naga Munchetty.
He insisted all of the ‘BBC Breakfast’ team were all paid the same to present the show, but his work on other programmes, including ‘Football Focus’, bumped his pay packet up to more than £200,000.