Female BBC News editor speaks out against her employer's 'illegal pay culture'

Carrie Gracie, a veteran reporter who served as BBC News' China editor, caused a storm after accusing the news agency of gender pay gaps. Gracie demanded equal pay for all of the news agency's editors after discovering that her male counterparts "earn at least 50% more" than herself.
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BBC News’ China editor Carrie Gracie announced her resignation today (Monday) from her post, stating that she is no longer willing to “collude” in the news agency’s gender wage gap. Gracie published an open letter on her blog accusing the news agency for which she has worked for three decades of having a “secretive and illegal pay culture.” She also said that she would return to the television newsroom in London “where I expect to be paid equally.”

According to Gracie, who reports once a week for one of the leading news broadcasts in the media, she was shocked upon discovering that two of the BBC’s male international editors earn “at least 50% more” than herself and her female counterparts within the news agency. “Equality Act 2010 states that men and women doing equal work must receive equal pay,” Gracie wrote.

A recent list issued by the BBC mentioned that two-thirds of its employees earning more than £150,000 a year are males. However, neither Gracie nor BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler appeared on this list, indicating that they both earn less than £150,000 a year.

In response, Gracie demanded that all four international editors receive equal pay however, she felt that the pay raise that the BBC offered her still fell short of her male counterparts’ salaries. “I believe I am very well paid already – especially as someone working for a publicly funded organization,” Gracie wrote in her blog post. “I simply want the BBC to abide by the law and value men and women equally.

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