Monday 27 March 2017

'It is disappointing to see it on the national broadcaster' - TV3's Anna Daly on gender pay gap

TV3 Presenter and Mothercare Ambassador, Anna Daly officially launches the new Mothercare Loyalty App at Mothercare store in Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. Pic Patrick O'Leary
TV3 Presenter and Mothercare Ambassador, Anna Daly officially launches the new Mothercare Loyalty App at Mothercare store in Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. Pic Patrick O'Leary
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

TV3’s Anna Daly has said that women are judged far more harshly on TV than their male counterparts.

Reacting to comments made by RTE’s Kathryn Thomas, the presenter agreed that women are subjected to more criticism for their appearance than their ability to do their job.

“It’s a fair point. It’s really annoying when you feel like you’ve done a strong interview on something serious, like the pressure that Temple Street hospital is under for beds in the Emergency Unit,” she said.

“That’s a really serious problem in this country and you fee like you’ve done loads of research on it and you give it your all and you have some fecking eejit  sending in a text going ‘I think she looked a bit casual in that interview’ or ‘Why is she twisting a pen in her hand?’ I’m not sure that men get critiqued in that way. They don’t need to maintain highlights, they’re not really judged for their wardrobe.

“I think there’s more pressure to maintain yourself. I do think men get away with an awful lot more.”

Speaking about the gender pay gap that exists in Ireland, she said that it was “disappointing” that only two of the top ten earners in RTE last year were female.

TV3 Presenter and Mothercare Ambassador, Anna Daly officially launches the new Mothercare Loyalty App at Mothercare store in Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. Pic Patrick O'Leary
TV3 Presenter and Mothercare Ambassador, Anna Daly officially launches the new Mothercare Loyalty App at Mothercare store in Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. Pic Patrick O'Leary

“There’s no shortage of women in strong positions in TV3. It is disappointing to see it on the national broadcaster though,” she said.

Due her third baby with husband Ben Ward in the Autumn, Anna will be bidding a sad farewell to her TV husband Ivan Yates in July when he heads off on his “gap year.”

Today FM’s Anton Savage is one name in the mix to fill his shoes and Anna believes he’d be an ideal replacement.

“I think Anton is great and he does strike a very good balance between humour and being very, very well read,” she said.

“He’s quick witted and good fun and we worked very well together on Ireland AM. We’d good pals so that would be nice. I think he has a pretty hectic schedule though in terms of his Today FM.”

The mum to James (4) and Euan (2) was speaking at the launch of the new Mothercare family card app in Stephen’s Green shopping centre.

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