Carrie Gracie, BBC China editor, quits in protest at unequal pay

Carrie Gracie, BBC China editor, quits in protest at unequal pay

Eventually, hopefully, companies will realise that the only way to avoid bad press is to get rid of their gender pay gap before anyone outs them.

Bosses have asked Edwards to take a sizable cut, amid concerns that his salary for the News At Ten looks dramatically out of kilter. Management have reportedly advised staff in the meeting to enforce the BBC's impartiality existing guidelines in relation to the story.

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.

Last weekend, BBC China correspondent Carrie Gracie resigned her post, citing pay equality with male colleagues. US editor Jon Sopel earns $270,000 to $337,000 a year, it was revealed in July, while Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen earns $203,000 to $270,000. Firms such as EasyJet and Virgin are withstanding the scrutiny of the gender pay gap as the big earners tend to be Pilots, the vast majority who are men.

Gracie, who has been with the BBC for three decades, wrote that the BBC is "not living up to its stated values of trust, honesty and accountability" when it comes to pay for men and women in similar positions.

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

United Kingdom correspondent Rod Liddle told Tim Dower the BBC's dug a deeper banning their employees from talking about the issue on air, if they've already publicly supported Ms Gracie.

Gracie revealed Monday that her annual salary was $180,000.

After tweeting "wish me luck", Gracie was back on air presenting BBC Radio 4's Today programme alongside John Humphrys, the BBC's highest-paid news presenter with a salary of between £600,000 and £649,999.

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 worldwide 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.

The watchdog said it will request all relevant information from the corporation and then decide whether further action is required.

Many NHS organisations, for example, will report gender pay gaps in excess of 20 per cent.

The BBC was forced to publish pay details for its 96 highest-paid staff last summer, and has spent the past six months urging presenters to be patient as it examines the problem.

I'm not saying that everyone in the BBC newsroom should be paid the same.

They claimed the delay was down to the complexity of the work. No junior actor working alongside Tom Cruise should expect to get the same pay as him.

A whole host of BBC staff have issued messages of support to broadcaster Carrie Gracie. With great regret, I have left my post as China Editor to speak out publicly on a crisis of trust at the BBC. New regulations in the United Kingdom have made pay differences between men and women in larger companies such as the BBC more transparent in recent months, leading to a revolt by females in top jobs both here and overseas in the US.

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