Sunday 11 December 2016

Women have to stop feeling like imposters to break the male stranglehold on TV

Lorraine Courtney

Published 03/11/2016 | 02:30

TV3 recently came under pressure after naming its new flagship show after its male presenter, despite Colette Fitzpatrick co-anchoring. Photo: Mark Condren
TV3 recently came under pressure after naming its new flagship show after its male presenter, despite Colette Fitzpatrick co-anchoring. Photo: Mark Condren

The 'Late Late Show' was severely criticised for featuring an exclusively male line-up. Maura Derrane was the only female guest on Friday, and she just spoke as part of a panel discussion. There was a tweet; "Seeing as women don't seem to be on the #LateLateShow's radar why don't we tweet them amazing suggestions?" The women of Twitter did.

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This season, a total of 51 men have featured on the chat show, but there were just 17 female guests. The problem is that, far from being a teeny-weeny minority, women are more than half of the population.

Anyone with any sense - some very angry male trolls on the internet obviously excluded - will agree that women are just as smart and talented as men, yet this isn't always reflected back to us from our televisions.

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