‘Our business is reality’ – China editor tells BBC to open up on ladies’s pay

LONDON (Reuters) – The BBC is failing to dwell as much as its personal editorial mission to report the reality by denying it has an issue with gender discrimination on pay, its former China editor Carrie Gracie advised the British parliament’s media committee on Wednesday.

Gracie stop her publish earlier this month in protest at being paid far lower than male friends, going public together with her grievances to attempt to jolt the general public broadcaster into addressing unequal pay.

During greater than two hours of emotional proof, Gracie advised the committee that ladies at each degree of the BBC had been under-valued, accusing managers of belittling ladies’s work of their efforts to keep away from admitting gender bias.

“Our business is truth,” she advised the lawmakers. “If we’re not prepared to look at ourselves honestly, how can we be trusted to look at anything else in our reporting honestly?”

Gracie’s revolt laid naked tensions that had been simmering throughout the BBC because it was compelled final July to call its greatest paid on-air workers and disclose their pay bands, revealing that two-thirds of them had been males of whom a number of had been much better paid than feminine friends.

Funded by a licence price levied on TV viewers and reaching 95 p.c of British adults each week by means of its many shops, the BBC is a pillar of nationwide life. The pay controversy has been a serious news story in Britain.

BBC managers deny there may be systemic gender discrimination on pay on the company.

Director-General Tony Hall, showing earlier than the media committee simply after Gracie, stated the BBC would introduce pay transparency in order that workers would know what pay ranges had been for various jobs and the place they sat inside pay bands.


FILE PHOTO: A pedestrian walks previous a BBC brand at Broadcasting House in central London October 22, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Gracie, 55, who has reported on China for 3 many years and speaks fluent Mandarin, stated that in a protracted grievance process the BBC sought to justify her pay being decrease than that of male friends by saying she was “in development”.

She described that as an insult.

Gracie stated that when she took on the job of China editor in late 2013 she was given assurances that she could be paid equally to males in equal roles.

“I knew I would do the job at least as well as any man,” she stated.

But final July she found that she was actually paid considerably lower than her two direct male counterparts.

Gracie advised the lawmakers she had been provided a hefty pay rise however had turned it down as a result of her battle was not about cash, it was about guaranteeing the BBC modified its practices and delivered equal pay for equal work for all women and men.

“All I want is for them to say ‘we value your work in China equally with your male peers,’” she stated.

She added that having spent a lot of her profession standing as much as censorship, harassment and intimidation by the Chinese state, she couldn’t dwell with herself if she didn’t get up for the reality throughout the BBC.

“The profoundest sense I have of who I am as a BBC journalist is to report the truth as I find it. If they don’t report the truth how can we?” she stated.

Editing by Stephen Addison

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