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One of the most senior journalists at the BBC, Carrie Gracie, said she could not collude in unlawful pay discrimination after resigning as the corporation’s China editor.
Speaking on Monday to BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Gracie said: “I could not go back to China and collude knowingly in what I consider to be unlawful pay discrimination. Nor could I stay silent and watch the BBC perpetuate a failing pay structure by discriminating against women.”
She said that she first lodged an equal pay complaint in August after the BBC was forced to disclose the salaries of employees earning more than £150,000 ($200,000) a year.
Gracie said she was dismayed to discover the BBC’s two male international editors earned “at least 50% more” than its two female counterparts. A host of leading BBC presenters joined the #IStandWithCarrie hashtag on social media to support her stance.