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UK Government Wades Into BBC Gender Pay Row

UK Government Wades Into BBC Gender Pay Row”

Gracie left her post, citing pay inequality with male global editors earning more than her.

Ms Gracie, the BBC's former China editor, took a dramatic stand on the issue, accusing her employer of unlawful salary discrimination.

"My email is full of women signing non-disclosures for all sorts of reasons, equal pay amongst them, so we must be careful we don't bash the BBC unnecessarily".

She said the was facing a "crisis of trust", after it was revealed two-thirds of its stars earning more than £150,000 were male.

"I told my bosses the only acceptable resolution would be for all the worldwide editors to be paid the same amount".

BBC journalists who have tweeted their support for Gracie or "stated a position" on BBC pay have been told by the corporation that they can not present items on the issue in line with impartiality guidelines.

Robinson in her tweets linked to Gracie's letter explaining her resignation decision, in one post commenting: "What a mess to lose her from that post". "Since turning down an unequal pay rise, I have been subjected to a dismayingly incompetent and undermining grievance process which still has no outcome".

The said there was "no systemic discrimination against women".

Robinson is among many BBC workers who have tweeted their support for Gracie. "I would not have expected to get the same as John Humphrys when I joined the Today programme".

Lawmaker Damian Collins, who chairs parliament's media committee, announced he had invited the BBC's Director-General Tony Hall to appear before the committee to answer questions about pay inequality at a session this month.

He and Gracie laughed a bit about the absurdity of the situation.

"Her letter makes for staggering and shocking reading".

Rather than waste money on an "unwinnable court fight against female staff, the BBC should immediately agree to independent arbitration to settle individual cases", she wrote.

In her resignation, China editor Miss Gracie claimed the Corporation was "breaking equality law" and had made a "botched" attempt to address the gender pay gap. "And enough people are saying that for me to feel that that will not be buried". In particular, employers should seek to consider the level of internal information they now hold in relation to pay grades and bands, with particular consideration to any reference to gender, disability and ethnicity.

Frostrup also told Humphrys directly, "I probably earn a tenth of what you do". The high-profile campaign for change in July, led by numerous BBC's high-profile female presenters including, Clare Balding and Fiona Bruce, prompted the BBC to review its pay structure, with the Corporation disclosing that men are being paid 9.3 per cent more than woman on average.

That interview unfolded as Gracie sat beside Humphrys in the studio.

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