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The Guardian Weekly - - Comment & Debate - Car­rie Gra­cie Guardian re­porters

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.

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