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BBC's China editor quits post in gender pay gap row

Press Trust of India  |  London/Beijing 

Gracie, the BBC's veteran has resigned her position in in protest over what she called a "secretive and illegal pay culture" for men and women at the British

In an open letter, Gracie said the was facing a "crisis of trust", after it was revealed two-thirds of its stars earning more than 150,000 pounds were male.

Gracie said she left her role as of the corporation's bureau last week, but would return to her former post in the TV newsroom "where I expect to be paid equally".

In the letter, issued on yesterday, she accused the of having a "secretive and illegal pay culture".

Gracie - a specialist who is fluent in Mandarin - said "the belongs to you, the licence fee payer".

"I believe you have a right to know that it is breaking equality and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure," Grace, who has been at the BBC for more than 30 years, said.

The BBC has said there is "no systemic discrimination against women".

In a statement, a BBC said "fairness in pay" at the corporation "is vital".

"A significant number of organisations have now published their gender pay figures showing that we are performing considerably better than many and are well below the national average.

"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, she was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Meanwhile, many fellow journalists have expressed their support to Grace using the hashtag #IStandWithCarrie.

BBC broadcasters including Mishal Husain, Lyse Doucet, Clare Balding, and voiced their support for Ms Gracie; while presenter Cathy Newman, and Labour MPs and and have also reacted positively to the move, the report said.

In July last year, the BBC was forced to reveal the salaries of all employees earning more than 150,000 a year.

Gracie said she was dismayed to discover the BBC's two male international editors earned "at least 50 per cent more" than its two female counterparts.

US earned 200,000 pounds to 249,999 pounds, it was revealed, while Middle earned 150,000 pounds to 199,999 pounds.

Gracie was not on the list, meaning her salary was less than 150,000 pounds, the BBC report said.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 17:25 IST