BBC China Editor Quits Her Job of 30 Years Over Pay Discrimination
A BBC editor has resigned from her post, citing pay inequality with male colleagues, a media report said on Monday.
In an open letter, BBC China's editor Carrie Gracie accused the corporation of a "secretive and illegal pay culture".
She said she would return to her former post in the TV newsroom "where I expect to be paid equally".
In the letter, Gracie, a China specialist who is fluent in Mandarin, said "the BBC belongs to you, the licence-fee payer.”
Last July, the BBC was forced to reveal the salaries of all employees who earned more than 150,000 pounds a year.
US editor Jon Sopel earned 200,000-249,999 pounds while Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen earned 150,000-199,999 pounds.
Gracie was not on the list.
In a statement, a BBC spokesperson said "fairness in pay" at the corporation "is vital".
“Alongside that, we have already conducted a independent judge led audit of pay for rank and file staff which showed no systemic discrimination against women. A separate report for on air staff will be published in the not too distant future,” said the statement.