Fewer than one in five Today guests or reporters are women

BBC director general George Entwistle has called for the station's early morning on-air gender imbalance to change

from: The Guardian, Friday 28 September 2012 18.52 BST

by Dan SabbaghJohn Plunkett and Ami Sedghi

 

Fewer than one in five people appearing on Radio 4's Today programme are women – a proportion that underlines why this month new BBC director general George Entwistle used his first week in the job to call for the station's early morning on-air gender imbalance to change.

An average of 18.5% of reporters and guests appearing on Today were female, according to Guardian research, as measured over four weeks in June and July. That is only up marginally from the 16.6% recorded in a similar period in 2011, the first time the gender divide was analysed.

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