Business

Talking points

BBC women demand action on pay gap

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose about a penny nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.32.
Charles Krupa
The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose about a penny nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.32.

BROADCASTING

BBC women demand action on pay gap

LONDON — When the government forced the BBC to publish the salary ranges of its highest-paid entertainers and journalists, executives feared a backlash from the British public, most of whom pay 147 pounds a year for the privilege of watching its television broadcasts. While many Britons criticized the high salaries, the list also showed a significant disparity in the salaries received by women, men, and minorities in general at the British broadcaster — a pay gap that has angered many, including some of the BBC’s most talented female employees. On Sunday, in an open letter signed by 42 of them to the BBC director general, Tony Hall, and published in The Sunday Times of London and other news outlets, they demanded that the corporation “act now” to eliminate the disparity. — NEW YORK TIMES

GASOLINE

Prices rise a penny, reversing 11-week trend

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose about a penny nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.32. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the slight increase comes after 11 weeks of decline. The current price is about 10 cents above where it was a year ago. Gas in Reno was the most expensive in the contiguous United States at an average of $2.99 a gallon. The cheapest was in Jackson, Miss., at $1.97 a gallon. The US average diesel price is $2.51, the same as it was two weeks ago. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEDIA

Comic strip mirrors ravages of climate change

The newspaper comic strip “Arctic Circle,” by the environmentally minded cartoonist Alex Hallatt, is about talking penguins and their fellow creatures living in the north. Starting Monday, under a caption that reads “An Inconvenient Truth,” the menagerie will find their world shrinking and their conversations will be about global warming. Readers will see the drawings diminish to nothing by Friday as a snow bunny muses, “Climate change will lead to habitat loss and the extinction of many species.” Hallatt created the strips to observe the arrival of the documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” in theaters Friday. The film is a follow-up to the 2006 Oscar-winning documentary featuring Al Gore. Hallatt has no official connection to the film.
— NEW YORK TIMES

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Wells Fargo faces questions after breach

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Wells Fargo & Co., already in the regulatory spotlight because of last year’s fake-account scandal, is drawing renewed scrutiny after a lawyer’s unauthorized release of sensitive client details for tens of thousands of accounts belonging to wealthy customers of its brokerage unit. Regulators have started asking questions about the breach, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, after the data was mistakenly provided to an attorney as part of a lawsuit involving two brothers, one a Wells Fargo employee and the other a former employee. A person briefed on the matter said Wells Fargo has determined the accounts were all from one brokerage branch in the Northeast. — BLOOMBERG NEWS