BBC China editor Carrie Gracie quits in gender pay row

Gender battle Carrie Gracie

"It is hugely regrettable that an outstanding and award-winning journalist like Carrie Gracie feels she has no option but to resign from her post as China Editor because the BBC has not valued her equally with her male counterparts", the statement reads.

Gracie said she learned last year that of the four global editors in the past four years at the corporation, two men had earned more than their female counterparts.

Gracie wants the BBC to be held accountable for their actions and demands an apology.

It called for urgent changes to the BBC's culture, which she said routinely led women to be paid less than their male colleagues.

Yesterday BBC news director Fran Unsworth warned staff impartiality rules meant they could not report on the issue if they tweeted in support of Miss Gracie.

Gracie said the BBC must admit the problem and set in place "an equal, fair and transparent pay" and should "immediately agree to independent arbitration to settle individual cases" to avoid "wasting your licence fee on an unwinnable court fight against female staff".

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He said his decision to step down was the right thing to do. "I've always had a very good working relationship with him", he said. "Clearly, my long term health and my family are my priorities and I intend to proceed with surgery at the earliest opportunity".

"But I was not interested in more money I was interested in equality".

But after a BBC senior news editor left her job because of the huge pay gap in the newsroom, it's time we actually started doing something about this instead of simply rolling our eyes at these "crazy feminists". Jeremy Bowen, the Middle East editor, was paid between £150,000 and £199,999.

Europe editor Katya Adler, the BBC's only other female editor in foreign news, did not feature in the disclosures, meaning her pay was less than 150,000 pounds.

Image: Ms Gracie says she has been really touched by the support she has received.

A senior global journalist at the BBC's quit her job over the network's pay equity scandal.

MP Anne Milton says more needs to be done as United Kingdom companies start to reveal gender pay gap information. She said she was not seeking more money for herself, but only demanding that the BBC observe British law requiring equal pay for equal work. "Nor could I stay silent and watch the BBC perpetuate a failing pay structure by discriminating against women".

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The BBC defended itself by saying its gender pay gap was below the national average and less bad than at many other organizations, adding that it was committed to wiping it out by 2020.

Gracie claims many women have sought pay equality "through internal negotiation but managers still deny there is a problem". The Equality Act 2010 states that men and women doing equal work must receive equal pay. It was not a gender pay row, it was an equal pay row, which is a very different thing. Britain was ranked 15th in the World Economic Forum's global gender gap index 2017, below France and Germany.

In a letter published on her personal blog on Sunday, Gracie said there was a "crisis of trust" at the broadcaster, where she has worked for 30 years, and that it was "breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure". It is not men earning more because they do more of the jobs which pay better.

"I could not go back to China and collude knowingly in what I consider to be unlawful pay discrimination".

The journalist said she turned down the rise and was subject to a "dismayingly incompetent and undermining grievance process which still has no outcome" before deciding "enough is enough". I would have to work 5000 miles from my teenage children, and in a heavily censored one-party state I would face surveillance, police harassment and official intimidation."I accepted the challenges while stressing to my bosses that I must be paid equally with my male peers".

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