If a picture paints 1000 words, BBC “Radio Times” still has a way to go!

Radio Times

In this week of celebrating the Suffragettes and increased equal representation for women,

the latest edition of the BBC Radio Times magazine doesn’t seem to get it!

In case you don’t buy the Radio Times, each day’s schedule is preceded by a two page spread highlighting some of the day’s programmes.

The main photo is titled Pick of the Day and fills 25% of the article.

Saturday 10th Feb

Elliot Daly and Alex Cuthbert      Rugby Players     MALE

Sunday 11th Feb

Shaun Evans and Roger Allan     Actors     MALE

Monday 12th Feb

Carey Mulligan     Actor     FEMALE

Tuesday 13th Feb

Douglas Henshall     Actor     MALE

Wednesday 14th Feb

Nameless Mammoth hunter     MALE

Thursday 15th Feb

Ardal O’Hanlan     Actor     MALE

Friday 16th Feb

Nigel Slater     Chef     MALE

There is a second photo highlighting another programme in the bottom right of the spread.

Saturday 10th Feb

Kim Cattrall     Actor     FEMALE

Sunday 11th Feb

James Norton     Actor     MALE

Monday 12th Feb

John Simm and Adrian Lester     Actors     MALE

Tuesday 13th Feb

Joe Wicks     Body Coach     MALE

Wednesday 14th Feb

Group of actors      MALE and FEMALE

Thursday 15th Feb

Helen Czerski     Scientist     FEMALE

Friday 16th Feb

Lydia Wilson     Actor     FEMALE

I don’t know if this week’s edition of the BBC Radio Times is typical. It only struck me this week because there’s a special Winter Olympics supplement in the middle of the magazine which celebrates and supports an equal balance of female and male winter athletes. That surprised me and prompted this little survey. I’ll check again next week.

We hear a lot about equal pay issues for top presenters at the BBC  but if this example of institutionalised sexism at the BBC is typical, they’ve still got a long way to go.

suffragettes
image credit: By Christina Broom died 1939 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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