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Case study: Crisis at the BBC
In January 2018, the BBC’s China editor, Carrie Gracie, resigned from her post citing pay inequality with her male colleagues. The problem?
For the first time ever, in July 2017, the BBC had published information about which of its staff were paid over £150,000. Ms Gracie was not on the list, and neither was her female colleague, Europe editor Katya Adler. However, the BBC’s two male international editors, Jeremy Bowen and Jon Sopel, were both on the list.
Carrie Gracie’s open letter of resignation stated: This was the first time that this kind of data had been exposed to public view, and it caused both widespread public outrage, and discrimination claims from many of the women employed by the corporation.