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BBC's Carrie Gracie 'could not collude' in pay discrimination

Media playback is unsupported on your device Carrie Gracie has said she resigned as the BBC’s China editor because she could not “collude” in a policy of “unlawful pay discrimination”. She quit, citing pay inequality with male international editors earning more than her £135,000-a-year salary. She said she had refused a £45,000 rise as it still left a “big gap” between her and her male counterparts when all she wanted was to be “made equal”. The BBC has pledged to close the gender pay gap by 2020. BBC broadcasters including…

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We went to watch BBC's new pop show, Sounds Like Friday Night, and this is what happened

“I cannot stress it enough: This is a gig.” Warm-up man Stuart Holdham is laying the ground rules for the studio audience at Sounds Like Friday Night, a brand new pop show on BBC One. “Don’t clap along to the music because you should be dancing,” he continues. “And if I see any dad dancing, you’ll be removed from the studio, driven to Manchester and forced to watch six hours of Jeremy Kyle.” For all of his humour, there’s no mistaking it: This is a big deal for the BBC….

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Line-up unveiled for BBC's new pop show

Liam Payne, Liam Gallagher, Jessie Ware and Foo Fighters have all been lined up for the first episodes of the BBC’s new pop show, Sounds Like Friday Night. US R&B star Jason Derulo will co-host the first edition on 27 October, as well as singing live in the studio. Jessie Ware and Charlie Puth will also perform, while Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl appears in a filmed sketch. The show has been described as “Top of the Pops meets Saturday Night Live“, for its mix of live music and comedy….

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BBC's 9% gender pay gap revealed

Men working for the BBC earn an average of 9.3% more than women, an audit of the corporation’s staff pay has found. The audit covered rank-and-file staff rather than on-air presenters and senior managers. The figure compares with a UK average of 18% and BBC director general Tony Hall said it showed the BBC was “in a better place than many organisations”. It follows a row over star salaries, in which female presenters called for “real change” this year. Lord Hall has pledged to close the pay gap by 2020…

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Chris Evans named as BBC's best-paid star

Chris Evans has topped the list of the BBC’s best-paid stars. He made between £2.2m and £2.25m in 2016/2017, while Claudia Winkleman is the BBC’s highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £450,000 and £500,000. Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker earned between £1.75m and £1.8m, the BBC annual report said. Director general Tony Hall said there was “more to do” on gender and diversity. The figures reveal large disparities between what men and woman are paid. There is also disparity between what white stars and those from a black, Asian and…

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