Home > NEWS > WORLD >

BBC China editor quits over ‘illegal’ gender pay gap
January 08,2018   By:CGTN
Jan. 8, 2018 -- Carrie Gracie, the BBC’s China editor, has resigned from her role, accusing the British public broadcaster of a “secretive and illegal pay culture” and “an indefensible pay gap between men and women doing equal work.”
 
In an open letter published on her website, Gracie accused the BBC of “breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure.”
 
The high profile resignation comes after a 2017 review showed that the majority of the broadcaster’s top-paid employees were men. The review showed that women made up only one third of on-air broadcasters paid 150,000 British pounds or more, and the top seven highest-paid were all men. 
 
A subsequent pay audit found no systemic discrimination against women at the broadcaster but Gracie disputed the validity of this, noting that the BBC’s US editor and Middle East editor, both male, are paid considerably more than her for the same work. 
 
\
 
Jan. 8, 2018 -- Carrie Gracie in Yunnan, southwest China, on February 4, 2015 /VCG Photo
 
“In the past four years, the BBC has had four international editors – two men and two women,” she wrote. “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.”
 
Gracie accused the BBC of a “divide-and-rule” strategy towards women in the wake of the review, offering female workers “‘revisions’ which do not guarantee equality.”