Carrie Grace was in Parliament to tell MPs the full story:
about her resignation as the BBC’s China Editor, about
the BBC’s gender pay gap, about how the BBC had treated
her, and about how it treated countless other female staff.
It had been bad enough, she said, discovering that she was
paid substantially less than the male international editors.
But then she heard the BBC’s excuse. Apparently she’d
been paid less than the men because the BBC deemed her
to be “in development”.
In development. She stopped speaking, and let those two
words hang in the air, for the rest of the room to stare at.
MPs laughed in disbelief. In development. A senior
journalist, who’d been working at the BBC for 30 years;
an international editor, reporting from one of the most
powerful nations on Earth. Yet here was the BBC, talking
about her as if she’d just arrived for two weeks’ work