Where are women’s voices in current affairs radio?

Broadcasting, Irish Radio, Newstalk, NWCI, Radio, RTE, RTE Radio 1, Today FM
November 4, 2015
by Robert Flynn

An NWCI and DCU study exploring women’s underrepresentation in current affairs radio programming in Ireland will be launched this Tuesday 10th of November.

The report has been commissioned by the BAI and will take place at 2pm in the Atrium of the Department of Justice & Equality.

The study examined women’s representation over three prominent radio stations in Ireland: RTÉ Radio, Newstalk, and Today FM.

Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) said that the report shows that there “is significant room for improvement and all radio stations have work to do to achieve a minimum target of 30% female experts and ideally a 40:60 gender balance among guests and experts.

The NWCI appreciate that companies and organisations generally put their most senior people on as spokespersons and in Ireland they tend to be male, however this report outlines a number of recommendations on how we can achieve a better gender balance for the future by working together. ”

Across the platform of stations ranging from commercial to state-broadcaster, the study revealed the overall breakdown of voices was 28% female and 72% male.

These figures broke down to 63% on RTÉ Radio, 82% on Newstalk, and 70% on Today FM.

The report also found that women tended to get shorter time when on air and the majority of guests and experts were male across all stations.

Robert Flynn@PureFlynn