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A top BBC presenter quit her role and published a bombshell minute about the broadcaster’s ‘illegal compensate culture’


Carrie Gracie
BBC presenter Carrie
Gracie.

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  • BBC publisher Carrie Gracie has quit her role and
    published a bombshell minute angry about the
    broadcaster’s “illegal compensate culture.”
  • She warranted around 50% reduction than two of her male
    counterparts.
  • Gracie had to benefaction Radio 4’s “Today” programme on
    Monday morning, in which her minute was one of the main
    headlines.
  • Fellow journalists, both at the BBC and elsewhere, have
    praised her bravery.

A top BBC publisher has quit her role as China editor and
published an bomb letter, in which she challenged the
broadcaster’s “secretive and illegal compensate culture.”

Carrie Gracie addressed the minute (available in full below) to
looseness price payers, the British open who fund the BBC, and
published it on her website on Sunday evening.

It follows income disclosures at the BBC in
Jul last year, which suggested discrepancies between how much
male and womanlike presenters are paid.

In Gracie’s case, she detected that two of her male
counterparts warranted “at slightest 50%” some-more than her. US editor Jon
Sopel earns between £200,000 ($270,000) and £249,999, while
Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen takes home between £150,000 and
£199,999.

Women have been fighting for equal compensate ever since, but she said
little swell has been made. The BBC has adopted a “bunker
mentality” and is rejection over the issue, according to the
presenter. She said:

“Salary disclosures the BBC was forced to make 6 months ago
suggested not only unacceptably high compensate for top presenters and
managers but also an indefensible compensate opening between men and women
doing equal work.

“These revelations shop-worn the trust of BBC staff. For the first
time, women saw tough justification of what they’d prolonged suspected, that
they are not being valued equally.

“Many have given sought compensate equivalence by inner negotiation
but managers still repudiate there is a problem. This fort mentality
is likely to finish in a catastrophic authorised improved for the BBC and an
exodus of womanlike talent at every level.”

Gracie, who has worked at the BBC for 30 years, pronounced it must
accept there is a problem, “apologise and set in place an equal,
fair, and pure compensate structure.”

The house pronounced on Monday that “fairness in pay” is vital
and an eccentric income audit, carried out last year, had shown
there is no “systemic discrimination.”

Gracie has left her role to return to the BBC’s London newsroom,
where she pronounced she expects to be paid fairly. Her open letter
coincided with her guest hosting Radio 4’s “Today” programme on
Monday, the biggest news show in the country.

Gracie was among the categorical headlines, but BBC forthrightness rules
prevented her from giving an talk on the matter given she
was presenting the programme. She did, however, contend the response to her minute had been “very
moving” and that there was a “depth of hunger” for satisfactory pay.

Many have praised Gracie’s aplomb and tweeted their support:

A BBC orator said: “Fairness in compensate is vital. A significant
series of organisations have now published their gender pay
total showing that we are behaving extremely better than
many and are good next the inhabitant average.

“Alongside that, we have already conducted an independent
judge-led review of compensate for arrange and file staff which showed ‘no
systemic taste against women.’ A apart report for
on-air staff will be published in the not too apart future.”

Read Carrie Gracie’s minute in full:

Dear BBC Audience,

My name is Carrie Gracie and we have been a BBC publisher for
3 decades. With good regret, we have left my post as China
Editor to pronounce out publicly on a predicament of trust at the BBC.

The BBC belongs to you, the looseness price payer. we trust you have
a right to know that it is breaking equivalence law and resisting
vigour for a satisfactory and pure compensate structure.

In thirty years at the BBC, we have never sought to make myself
the story and never publicly criticised the organization we love.
we am not asking for some-more money. we trust we am very good paid
already – generally as someone operative for a publicly funded
organisation. we simply wish the BBC to reside by the law and value
men and women equally.

On pay, the BBC is not vital up to its settled values of trust,
probity and accountability. Salary disclosures the BBC was forced
to make 6 months ago suggested not only unacceptably high pay
for top presenters and managers but also an indefensible compensate gap
between men and women doing equal work. These revelations damaged
the trust of BBC staff. For the first time, women saw hard
justification of what they’d prolonged suspected, that they are not being
valued equally.

Many have given sought compensate equivalence by inner negotiation
but managers still repudiate there is a problem. This fort mentality
is likely to finish in a catastrophic authorised improved for the BBC and an
exodus of womanlike talent at every level.

Mine is just one story of inequality among many, but we wish it
will help you know given we feel thankful to pronounce out.

we am a China specialist, smooth in Mandarin and with scarcely three
decades of stating the story. Four years ago, the BBC urged me
to take the newly combined post of China Editor.

we knew the pursuit would direct sacrifices and resilience. we would
have to work 5000 miles from my teenage children, and in a
heavily censored one-party state we would face surveillance,
police nuisance and central intimidation.

we supposed the hurdles while stressing to my bosses that I
must be paid equally with my male peers. Like many other BBC
women, we had prolonged suspected that we was customarily paid less, and
at this indicate in my career, we was dynamic not to let it happen
again. Believing that we had cumulative compensate relation with men in
homogeneous roles, we set off for Beijing.

In the past 4 years, the BBC has had 4 international
editors – two men and two women. The Equality Act 2010 states
that men and women doing equal work must accept equal pay. But
last Jul we schooled that in the prior financial year, the two
men warranted at slightest 50% some-more than the two women.

Despite the BBC’s open insistence that my appointment
demonstrated its joining to gender equality, and despite my
own insistence that equivalence was a condition of holding up the
post, my managers had nonetheless again judged that women’s work was
worth much reduction than men’s.

My distraction incited to dismay when we listened the BBC complain of
being forced to make these compensate disclosures. Without them, we and
many other BBC women would never have schooled the truth.

we told my bosses the only excusable fortitude would be for all
the general editors to be paid the same amount. The right
volume would be for them to decide, and we done pure we wasn’t
seeking a compensate rise, just equal pay. Instead the BBC offering me a
big compensate arise which remained distant brief of equality. It pronounced there
were differences between roles which fit the compensate gap, but
it has refused to explain these differences. Since branch down
an unsymmetrical compensate rise, we have been subjected to a dismayingly
amateurish and undermining protest routine which still has no
outcome.

Enough is enough. The arise of China is one of the biggest stories
of the time and one of the hardest to tell. we can't do it
probity while battling my bosses and a byzantine complaints
process. Last week we left my role as China Editor and will now
return to my former post in the TV newsroom where we design to be
paid equally.

For BBC women this is not just a matter of one year’s income or
two. Taking into comment difficult contracts and pension
entitlements, it is a cove that will last a lifetime. Many of the
women influenced are not rarely paid ‘stars’ but hard-working
producers on medium salaries. Often women from racial minorities
humour wider compensate gaps than the rest.

This is not the gender compensate opening that the BBC admits to. It is not
men earning some-more given they do some-more of the jobs which pay
better. It is men earning some-more in the same jobs or jobs of equal
value. It is compensate taste and it is illegal.

On training the intolerable scale of inequality last July, BBC women
began to come together to tackle the enlightenment of privacy that
helps continue it. We shared the compensate sum and asked male
colleagues to do the same.

Meanwhile the BBC conducted several reviews. The outgoing
Director of News pronounced last month, “We did a full equal compensate audit
which showed there is equal compensate opposite the BBC.” But this was not
a full audit. It released the women with the biggest compensate gaps.
The BBC has now begun a ‘talent review’ but the women affected
have no certainty in it. Up to two hundred BBC women have made
compensate complaints only to be told regularly there is no pay
taste at the BBC. Can we all be wrong? we no longer trust
the government to give an honest answer.

In fact, the only BBC women who can be certain they do not suffer
compensate taste are comparison managers whose salaries are
published. For example, we have a new, female, Director of News
who did not have to fight to earn the same as her male
prototype given his £340 000 income was published and so was
hers. Elsewhere, compensate privacy creates BBC women as exposed as
they are in many other workplaces.

How to put things right?

The BBC must acknowledge the problem, apologize and set in place an
equal, satisfactory and pure compensate structure. To equivocate wasting your
looseness price on an unwinnable justice fight against womanlike staff,
the BBC should immediately determine to eccentric arbitration to
settle particular cases.

Patience and good will are using out. In the 6 months since
July’s revelations, the BBC has attempted a botched solution
formed on order and rule. It has offering some women pay
‘revisions’ which do not pledge equality, while locking down
other women in a prolonged complaints process.

We have felt trapped. Speaking out carries the risk of
disciplinary measures or even dismissal; lawsuit can destroy
careers and be financially ruinous. What’s some-more the BBC often
settles cases out of justice and demands non-disclosure agreements,
a robe undeserved of an organization committed to truth, and one
which does zero to solve the systemic problem.

None of this is an complaint of particular managers. we am
beholden for their personal support and for their editorial
firmness in the face of censorship vigour in China. But for
distant too long, a secretive and illegal BBC compensate enlightenment has
inflicted disgraceful choices on those who make it. This
must change.

Meanwhile we are by no means the only workplace with dark pay
taste and the vigour for clarity is only growing.
we wish rival news organisations will not use this minute as a
hang with which to kick the BBC, but instead simulate on their
own equivalence issues.

It is unpleasant to leave my China post abruptly and to contend goodbye
to the group in the BBC’s Beijing bureau. But many of them are
shining immature women. we don’t wish their era to have to
fight this battle in the future given my era unsuccessful to
win it now.

To women of any age in any workplace who are opposed pay
discrimination, we wish you the oneness of a clever sisterhood
and the support of male colleagues.

It is a century given women first won the right to opinion in
Britain. Let us honour that dauntless era by making this the
year we win equal pay.

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