Carrie Gracie speaks to the media after turning down a £45,000 pay rise late last year during the BBC’s equal pay controversy ” alt=”Carrie Gracie speaks to the media after turning down a £45,000 pay rise late last year during the BBC’s equal pay controversy ” data-credit=”PA Wire/PA Images” data-portal-copyright=”PA Wire/PA Images” data-provider=”pressassociation” data-provider-asset-id=”2.34377808″ data-has-syndication-rights=”false”>
The BBC equal pay controversy that resulted in Carrie Gracie quitting as its China Editor has turned “into a farce” with staff being told they can no-longer present segments on pay if they have expressed an opinion on the story.
Responding to journalists being reminded of BBC impartiality rules, Labour MP Jess Phillips said it was “tantamount to shut up little women” and said she would be writing to the Director General.
NEW: BBC staff told that anyone who has indicated support for Carrie Gracie, or tweeted an opinion about BBC pay, can no longer present any segments on BBC pay.
— Matthew Moore (@mattkmoore) January 8, 2018
I hope this isn’t true, I’ll be writing to the Director General today. It is tantamount to shut up little women! https://t.co/Ktm2BfurK7
— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) January 8, 2018
This is absolutely crackers. https://t.co/A7ANLo3ygh
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) January 8, 2018
The suggestion, confirmed by the BBC to the Press Association, follows an awkward morning for the corporation that saw it stage-manage two on-air interviews involving Gracie, one of which took place on Radio 4′s Today programme which she was co-hosting.
The other, on Woman’s Hour, was conducted by former Guardian women’s editor Jane Martinson – to circumvent the Beebs rules around impartiality which stops presenters becoming interview subjects on the shows’ they host.
The reported directive comes after Gracie received support from some of the corporation’s biggest stars overnight, leading a former employee to suggest it was “shooting itself” in the foot, and the move would impact women further.
Other commentators however, said it was simply an example of the same rules that prevented Gracie from being interviewed on Today and Woman’s Hour being applied across the business.
If true BBC management at their stupidest worst. Pointless gesture that will hit mainly women, on the grounds of “maintaining impartiality”. I loved working there, and the people, and some manager,s but their ability to shoot their own foot off is legendary https://t.co/EsvGOgxRXG
— Giles Dilnot (@reporterboy) January 8, 2018
Actually sad …