Anxiety over competence stops women going on TV, says Miriam

BROADCASTER Miriam O'Callaghan has conceded that she and fellow programme-makers must shoulder some of the blame for why there are so few women on television.

Her comments come after RTE's managing editor of news and current affairs, Kevin Bakhurst, said the station was working to include more women on their TV panels.

However, O'Callaghan said women themselves must share some of the responsibility.

"Sometimes women feel they are not as competent as men. For instance, if you ring them at 7pm and ask them to come on that evening and discuss the Budget, a woman would sometimes doubt she knew enough about it, whereas a man would just say 'sure'. Also, as a woman, you're more conscious about coming in, about getting ready and washing your hair," O'Callaghan told the Irish Independent.

The mother of eight was speaking as she joined Professor John Crown to launch the 'Brian Boru Millennium Crown' initiative, which hopes to raise funds for the Cancer Clinical Research Trust at St Vincent's Hospital by asking the public to donate unwanted and broken gold jewellery.

Items will be smelted and used to create a Millennium Crown in 2014, which will form part of the anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Clontarf, which took place in 1014.

For further details, go to www.crownbrianboru.com.

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