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BBC China editor Carrie Gracie quits post in equal pay row

BBC China editor Carrie Gracie quits post in equal pay row
From BBC - January 7, 2018

The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie has resigned from her post, citing pay inequality with male colleagues.

In an open letter, Ms Gracie - who has been at the BBC for more than 30 years - accused the corporation of having a "secretive and illegal pay culture".

She said the BBC was facing a "crisis of trust", after it was revealed two-thirds of its stars earning more than 150,000 were male.

The BBC said there was "no systemic discrimination against women".

Ms Gracie said she left her role as editor of the corporation's Beijing bureau last week, but would remain with the BBC.

She said she would return to her former post in the TV newsroom "where I expect to be paid equally".

Ms Gracie is co-presenting BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday.

In the letter, posted on her blog, Ms Gracie - a China specialist who is fluent in Mandarin - said "the BBC belongs to you, the licence fee payer.

"I believe you have a right to know that it is breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure."

In July last year, the BBC was forced to reveal the salaries of all employees earning more than 150,000 a year.

Ms Gracie said she was dismayed to discover the BBC's two male international editors earned "at least 50% more" than its two female counterparts.

US editor Jon Sopel earned 200,000-249,999, it was revealed, while Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen earned 150,000-199,999.

Ms Gracie was not on the list, meaning her salary was less than 150,000.

A letter calling for equal pay - published in the Telegraph - was later signed by both Ms Gracie and BBC Europe editor, Katya Adler.

Equal pay

In her open letter, Ms Gracie said: "The Equality Act 2010 states that men and women doing equal work must receive equal pay.

"But last July I learned that in the previous financial year, the two men earned at least 50% more than the two women.

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'No systemic discrimination'

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