Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Gender Gap Remains in UK Newsrooms

The Guardian reports that a new survey released by the Fawcett Society, a UK based nonprofit, concludes that a gender gap remains in the media business in the UK. The survey mentions that, for example, only 12 percent of national newspaper editors are female, and all deputy national newspaper editors are male. On television, nearly half of presenters (hosts or anchors) for news programs are female, but males overwhelmingly make the decisions about what's read on air. Said the director of the Fawcett Society, Dr. Katherine Rake, "Today's survey shows that the media is missing out on the huge pool of female talent, and Britain's viewers, listeners and readers are also missing out as a result. Women must not only be presenting the news, they must be making the decisions that determine what gets broadcast in the first place. We now need to see positive steps taken to make sure that women can break through the glass ceiling and fulfil their potential at the highest level."

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