A journalist really should know this

One of the BBC’s most senior journalists has been widely praised after she resigned from her post in protest at the gender pay gap, accusing the corporation of continuing a “secretive and illegal” culture of unequal salaries.

Carrie Gracie, who has been the BBC’s China editor since 2013, claimed the corporation is “breaking equality law” in its dealings with staff, and adopting a “bunker mentality” which is failing to address the significant pay gap.

Referring to the “indefensible” difference in pay between men and women, in part revealed in a July report, Gracie said she now felt obliged to speak out after private attempts to convince executives to treat her fairly failed.

The law says that gender differences in pay for doing the same job are illegal. Pay differences for those doing different jobs, or even the same under different conditions, are not.

Surely a senior journalist should know this?

28 comments on “A journalist really should know this

  1. It rather looks and sounds like Carrie spent too much time in the field – away from HQ.

    There is likely more office politicking in this than actual umbrage about gender inequality – she ain’t in with the in crowd.

    One million fewer license fees every year – the BBC might flounder before the Guardian.

  2. I see the Chief Executive of the Young Women’s Trust, one Carole Easton, has a letter in The Times today responding to your Thunderer piece about the gender pay ‘gap’.

  3. “One less liar at the BBC.”

    She is still there, she just resigned her ‘post’, now back in London on the same pay as before.

  4. Slightly misleading headlines, if you ask me. She’s resigned from her post but is returning to the main newsroom where she expects to get equal pay. Not quite a resignation as I’d consider it

  5. And it’s £150k + lots of BBC perks for knocking out half a dozen stories a week. I bet we could find plenty of journalists who would do it for half that

  6. Poor old Carrie was on less that £150,000 a year,…her whistleblowing resignation appears to be a move to the Newsroom which I reckon is still BBC.

    Come on Gracie how can you still work for the BBC now you have discovered this outrage?…..its got nothing to do with you moving into a new team and throwing your weight about before you arrive cos you have heard rumours you might not get it all your own way.

    My money is on “constructive dismissal” …as the outcome that she wants.

    Carrie aint throwing shit about for the good of women thats a fucking certainty.

  7. “what should government do about it” was the theme of some phone in.

    Unless the government is the actual employer, the absolutely fuck all is my view.

    if Mr A is employing women and they are paid less then they are ‘really worth’ then Mrs B can take those women on, pay them what they are worth and make a fortune employing them. Mr A is clearly a fuckwit if he does nothing about it and will go out of business. Problem solved.

  8. Again the most interesting this about that story is that it is impossible to tell if it is the Guardian or the Telegraph.

    Only the quotation marks around the “indefensible” gives it away.

    The letter, published on Buzzfeed, detailed how the journalist had insisted on equal pay after being urged to take the role in China, not long after returning to work in London following treatment for cancer.

    So she has had some time off work because of illness.

    Mother-of-two Gracie joined the World Service in 1987 as a trainee producer working around the world before becoming a correspondent in China in 1991.

    Four years training? Seems to be a slow learner. Mother of two. She joined after Jon Sopel who is a c**t of the first order but who has an uninterrupted career holding down some of the biggest jobs at the Beeb. Why should a minor journalist in a media backwater be paid the same?

  9. Slightly off topic Tim – but there’s a mountain of bollocks being spouted in the press today about the Iranian tanker that has had a collision and is on fire off the east coast of China. ‘End of the world’ scaremongering. It’s a bloody CONDENSATE carrier. A million barrels of lighter fluid. Highly volatile and will evaporate if uncontained. Burns nicely – and cleanly. Overall risk of major pollution is zero. Twats.

  10. ‘One of the BBC’s most senior journalists has been widely praised after she resigned from her post’

    Cos wimmin will applaud anything.

  11. It’s a bloody CONDENSATE carrier. A million barrels of lighter fluid. Highly volatile and will evaporate if uncontained. Burns nicely – and cleanly. Overall risk of major pollution is zero. Twats.

    Problem is, they’re quoting someone from an energy consultancy firm who is saying condensate is worse than crude. They might be misquoting him, though.

  12. They’re saying condensate is toxic Tim. True – if you drink lighter fluid you will be sick. Someone has had a quick gander at Wikipedia. But for it to be an environmental hazard it would have to be toxic on a scale that would cause widespread loss of animal life if dissolved into the Pacific Ocean! It’s a mix of propane and butane with perhaps a small amount of pentane. If it sinks it’ll dissolve into the seawater at parts per trillion concetrations. If it burns it’ll make some CO2 and some smoke. BFD.

  13. @ Tim Newman
    Thanks – I was getting worried about my memory when I read the news report – I used to think that condensate was liquid in natural gas fields not something that was gas under high pressure in oil fields and liquid when not under high pressure.
    The picture does look rather like flames from lighter fuel poured onto charcoal to start a barbecue.

  14. I’ve done the maths. It’s 136,000 tons of condensate. At a specific gravity of 0.75 that’s 181,000 cubic metres. A cube of side 57m. In each cubic kilometre of the Pacific that’s one part per 5,500. But it’s been burning for a day now and god knows how much has evaporated unburnt. And the volume into which it would dissolve is vastly greater;.
    Emptying a Bic lighter’s fuel into your bath would be way more concentrated.

  15. Butane and propane both boil at normal temperatures. Pentane boils at ~36 °C. None of them is soluble* and all are less dense than water. They all have much, much higher vapour pressures than water. None of them is even particularly toxic. This is almost the definition of a non-problem.

    * of the order of tens of mg per litre

  16. If the BBC is breaking the law, why not sue for compo, rather than end the progression of your career….?

  17. If the Beeb is participating in illegal practices, when’s the court case.

    If a female China news editor is being paid less than a male China news editor, where is this male China news editor?

  18. @ jgh
    “A corporation has neither a soul to damn nor a bottom to kick”
    Private companies have shareholders with a duty (rarely exercised) to kick the bottoms of directors, state-owned corporation do not.

  19. Carrie Gracie should have been paid more than other equivalent editors because she regularly did vox pop interviews in the street (with all the security hassles) talking in Chinese to local working people, some of whom probably used dialects. More than competent, so obviously no place for her in any British elite.

  20. “Carrie Gracie should have been paid more than other equivalent editors because she regularly did vox pop interviews in the street (with all the security hassles) talking in Chinese to local working people, some of whom probably used dialects.”

    You assume there is value in that.

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