BBC staff protest over pay on International Women's Day


BBC staff have gathered outside Broadcasting House on International Women's Day to call for equal pay.

Journalists including the corporation's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet and Woman's Hour presenter Jane Garvey stood holding sheets of paper displaying equal signs as they chanted "Equal pay for equal work".

A huge cheer went up for Carrie Gracie, who resigned as BBC China editor earlier this year over pay inequalities, as she was brought to the front of the crowd.

She told the Press Association: "Yes it was great to see so many people, and it's great to see so many men. Isn't that cool?

"And it just makes the point that this is not like some people have presented it as a small group of entitled women.

"This is like, a lot of people at all levels of the BBC feel very strongly about equal pay."

The women said they chose to stand at 4.22pm, 9% short of a standard 9-5pm working day, to symbolise a 9% gender pay gap at the BBC.