BBC pay gap: British human rights commission gets involved

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But she said did not have the information to enable her to say what needs to be done, criticising the BBC for being "a secretive organisation" on pay, which she added makes it hard for women to know whether the corporation is applying the law in individual instances.

Carrie Gracie has publicly quit her role as the BBC's China Editor over the gender pay gap. This ultimately led to Gracie leaving her job as China Editor and going back to her former post in the TV newsroom where she expects to be paid equally.

She concluded her letter by standing up for other women who are dealing with pay issues in the industry, writing, "I wish you the solidarity of a strong sisterhood and the support of male colleagues". But last July I learned that in the previous financial year, the two men earned at least 50% more than the two women.

Given her fearless and determined reporting, providing viewers and listeners with incredible and unparalleled insights into China over the past four years, it's no surprise that NUJ member Carrie Gracie is not prepared to stay silent about the injustice wrought upon her by her own employer. "And I do love the BBC".

"I am not asking for more money". "I believe I am very well paid already - especially as someone working for a publicly funded organization", Gracie wrote in her blog post.

When she requested that all worldwide editors be paid the same, the BBC responded by offering her a pay rise that meant her male colleagues were STILL earning more than her.

"I think the scale of feeling, not just among BBC women but also just more widely across the country and also internationally, the support that I've had in the last few hours over this, I think it does speak to the depth of hunger for an equal, fair and transparent pay system", she said.

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".

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

"And in July 2017 I discovered the enormous gap that the two men - who were worldwide editors - were earning 50% more at least than the two women who were global editors".

As China editor, she ran the sprawling broadcaster's Beijing operation for four years.

"I accepted the challenges while stressing to my bosses that I must be paid equally with my male peers". The average American woman earns 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man, according to a 2016 Senate inquiry, more than half a century after the Equal Pay Act.

The pay row began in the middle of 2017 when the BBC published a list of its top-earning stars, which revealed that only a third were women and the top seven were all men.

"Despite the BBC's public insistence that my appointment demonstrated its commitment to gender equality, and despite my own insistence that equality was a condition of taking up the post, my managers had yet again judged that women's work was worth much less than men's".

Gracie didn't quit right away after she found out she was being paid less.

"The BBC must admit the problem, apologize and set in place an equal, fair and transparent pay structure", Gracie wrote. Instead the BBC offered me a big pay rise which remained far short of equality. She said: "My pay is £135,000".

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