In casting light on the BBC’s murky pay policies, the outgoing China editor demonstrates her principles, and the corporation’s lack of them
Carrie Gracie is brilliantly knowledgeable about China and its affairs, the fraught and complex field that she has explained and interpreted for the benefit of the rest of us for most of her professional life. She also has a reputation as a generous and supportive colleague. It is because of both those invaluable qualities that she has resigned from her job as China editor because her employers will not pay her at the same rate as they pay the handful of men who do a similarly challenging and important job. She has resigned because she refused to go on colluding – as she put it in an interview with BBC Woman’s Hour – with the BBC’s dishonesty about its failure to give women and men equal pay for equal work.
Gracie resigned because the BBC will not pay her the same rate they pay the few men with similarly challenging jobs