BBC News Editor Quits Her Post to Protest Gender Pay Gap

Wednesday, 10 Jan, 2018

"I didn't want more money, I wanted equality and this was not equality".

Last night she issued an open letter setting out her reasons, saying 'enough was enough'.

In a tweet, Ms Gracie thanked the EHRC for its intervention and the "BBC audience for trusting me that this fight is for principle not money, for all staff not "stars".

BBC's China editor, Carrie Gracie, announced her resignation on Sunday in protest over the gender pay gap at the taxpayer-funded organization.

United States editor, Jon Sopel, earned AU$345,663 - $432,077 (£200,000-£249,999), while Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen earned AU$259,231-345,551 (£150,000-£199,999).

"Since turning down an unequal pay rise, I have been subjected to a dismayingly incompetent and undermining grievance process which still has no outcome", she added.

In an open letter, Carrie wrote that the BBC belongs to the licence fee player, who needs to understand the broadcasting house's lack of equality. She told the BBC's Today programme on Radio 4, of which she is also a presenter, how much she had been moved by the backing she'd received.

These cuts and the selective pay increases for female staff were created to quell anger - but yesterday it became clear they have backfired.

Labour's Stella Creasy asked Matt Hancock, the new culture secretary, whether he would use his powers to ensure that "every member of staff at the BBC - male or female - is able to exercise freedom of expression at work, and protect their right to speak".

My name is Carrie Gracie and I have been a BBC journalist for three decades.

However, despite the fact that her resignation made it clear that her issue was with equal pay, a number of media outlets described her resignation as a "gender pay row", including the BBC (which later changed the headline).

After 30-year veteran Gracie revealed in an open letter on her website that she did not trust BBC management to deal with gender inequality, after a proposed pay increase left her still well behind the company's male global editors, she received support on social media from many of her colleagues, including Today presenter Mishal Husain and Newsnight host Evan Davis, with many using the hashtag #istandwithcarrie.

Look at sports. Women are constantly paid less than men, even if they are playing the same sport for the same amount of time.

The watchdog said it will request all relevant information from the corporation and then decide whether further action is required. Obviously a senior editor should get paid more than an entry level reporter, regardless of their gender. In the six months since July's revelations, the BBC has attempted a botched solution based on divide and rule.

"Of course you can say it's hard to quantify when it comes to celebrity status [of journalists] and what pay salaries are based on", Frostrup said.

They claimed the delay was down to the complexity of the work. It sucks that you're getting paid less than men.

Ms Gracie, who is returning to her former post in the TV newsroom in London, has worked at the BBC for 30 years and led its China coverage since 2014.

It was in the salary disclosures made by the BBC in July previous year that Gracie first realised the BBC was not meeting the UK Equality Act 2010 which "states that men and women doing equal work must receive equal pay", with the two male global editors both earning "at least 50 percent more than the two women".