Carrie Gracie has spoken out about why she quit as the BBC’s China editor over equal pay ” alt=”Carrie Gracie has spoken out about why she quit as the BBC’s China editor over equal pay ” data-credit=”BBC” data-portal-copyright=”BBC” data-provider=”Other” data-provider-asset-id=”206008211″ data-has-syndication-rights=”false”>
Carrie Gracie has spoken of the moment she decided “enough was enough” and quit as the BBC’s China editor because she could not return to the country and “collude knowingly in what I considered to be unlawful pay discrimination”.
The journalist, who has worked for the broadcaster for over 30 years, resigned in an open letter blasting the broadcaster for having a “secretive and illegal pay culture” before doing two, carefully orchestrated interviews, on its leading radio shows.
The BBC found itself in the awkward position of trying to cover Gracie’s resignation, that was splashed across all the front pages of major newspapers on Monday, while following its own rules on impartiality, that prevent show hosts’ becoming its interview subjects.
This is one of the most BBC things I’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/ZeZ5LX9McW
— Alan White (@aljwhite) January 8, 2018
BBC rules mean that Carrie Gracie can’t discuss Carrie Grace if Carrie Gracie is presenting the programme discussing Carrie Gracie. So she is sitting in silence while Mariella Frostrup talks about Carrie Gracie on the Today programme
— Matt Chorley (@MattChorley) January 8, 2018
Carrie Gracie in the news after blasting BBC for paying her less as China editor, quits that post but still at BBC &hosts The Today Programme & talks about her own story. Can’t remember this happening on BBC or another network. https://t.co/0zB0oOAKz8
— jwowenuk (@TheOwenTake) January 8, 2018
Gracie first appeared on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme where she was presented with an opportunity by co-host John Humphrys to make a statement, after being served a soft question about reaction to her resignation, rather than being quizzed about what prompted it.
Just about to present #bbcr4today. Wish me luck.
— Carrie Gracie (@BBCCarrie) January 8, 2018
The journalists’ responsibilities as a guest presenter meant she was unable to speak freely about her decision, something that was later done by Mariella Frostrup, who pointed out that, “I probably earn a tenth of what you do, John.”
That point angered some listeners, but others thought the broadcaster got the balance right in covering the story, while also following its own rules.