Gender discrimination: BBC China editor leaves job over pay gap

12:36 PM | 8 Jan, 2018
Gender discrimination: BBC China editor leaves job over pay gap
BEIJING – After working with Britain’s public broadcaster, the BBC, for 30 years, Carrie Gracie, the China editor has resigned from her post, protesting gender discrimination in salary.

The BBC landed in hot waters after Gracie published an open letter on her blog, accusing her employers of paying male employees more than women for the same position. She says, "I have left my post as China editor to speak out publicly on a crisis of trust at the BBC".

Gracie, who is one the four BBC's international editors - two men and two women - said that "it [BBC] is breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure".

She says "Salary disclosures the BBC was forced to make six months ago revealed not only unacceptably high pay for top presenters and managers but also an indefensible pay gap between men and women doing equal work. These revelations damaged the trust of BBC staff".

Gracie said she was offered to take the newly created post of China editor four years ago and "I accepted the challenges while stressing to my bosses that I must be paid equally with my male peers".

When the BBC revealed top salaries for last year in July, She said, "I learned that in the previous financial year, the two men earned at least 50% more than the two women".

Expressing dismay over discrimination, she said: "Enough is enough," adding, "Last week I left my role as China editor and will now return to my former post in the TV newsroom where I expect to be paid equally".

She urged the BBC to "admit the problem, apologise and set in place an equal, fair and transparent pay structure".

To avoid wasting your licence fee on an unwinnable court fight against female staff, the BBC should immediately agree to independent arbitration to settle the individual case, she added.

The BBC cited a BBC spokeswomen as saying that “fairness in pay” at the corporation is “vital”. The media outlet quoted the spokeswomen as "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".


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 23 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 23, 2024 (Friday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro comes down to 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 75.95 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.5 282.45
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.95 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.60 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.76 77.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.87
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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