On the same day that #BBCpay trended on Twitter and dominated other social media feeds, the government announced changes to the age at which people can claim their pension.
Those in their mid 40s, born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978 will now have to wait an extra year to receive their state pension.
Raising the age to 68 was not supposed to be phased in until 2044.
The cabinet minister responsible David Gauke told the House of Commons:
As life expectancy continues to rise and the number of people in receipt of state pension increases, we need to ensure that we have a fair and sustainable system that is reflective of modern life and protected for future generations,
The UK Government's response to the Cridland review into state pensions was supposed to be announced before May, but has been delayed.
Ministers will also have known today was the day the BBC released the salaries of its top paid stars, which generates huge media interest. People can make up their own minds whether this is coincidence or a cynical attempt to bury bad news by this Tory Government which has just driven up the state pension age for everyone born in the 1970s and beyond.