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Watchdog asks BBC for Carrie Gracie 'facts'

Watchdog asks BBC for Carrie Gracie 'facts'
From BBC - January 8, 2018

The UK's equality watchdog will write to the BBC asking for information following claims of pay inequality by its former China editor Carrie Gracie.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it would consider whether further action is required based on the BBC's response.

Ms Gracie said she resigned because she could not "collude" in a policy of "unlawful pay discrimination".

The BBC said "fairness in pay" was "vital" to the corporation.

In a statement, the EHRC said: "Women have a legal right to equal pay with men for equal work."

The watchdog said it was aware of Ms Gracie's claims and would write to the BBC, "requiring them to provide us with information on their pay policy and the facts in this individual case".

It added: "We will consider whether further action is required based on this information."

It said a new requirement for thousands of firms to report on gender pay gaps would "do more to end discrimination" in the workplace.

Ms Gracie, who worked with the BBC for 30 years and led its China coverage since 2004, quit as the BBC's China editor after she said she discovered an "enormous gap" between her 135,000-a-year salary and that of her male counterparts.

In a pay disclosure last year, North America editor Jon Sopel was listed as having a salary of between 200,000 and 249,999, while Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen earned between 150,000 and 199,999.

"When I started the China job, I said I will only do this job if I am paid equally," Ms Gracie told BBC News.

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