Women in TV get equal opportunities, says Laura

Virginia Macari, Roz Flanagan
Virginia Macari, Roz Flanagan

PRESENTER Laura Whitmore has dismissed claims that the industry favours male broadcasters.

The 28-year-old MTV host told the Irish Independent that she does not feel there is gender inequality in the media, as "times have changed". It comes after BBC anchor Gabby Logan's comments that female anchors are often seen as "window dressing".

"It's changing," Whitmore said. "I think women in TV are doing particularly well. There are certain women who are paving the way, like Davina McCall.

"I used to think it was easier for men because a lot of the main shows are hosted by men. But I look at Holly Willoughby and Emma Willis in her last few years since she's had kids. And they used to say when you have kids it will affect you, but it hasn't in any way.

"(In sport) you have Clare Balding who is unbelievable and has won so many awards... So I think you can't necessarily say it's down to women and men. Now it's about whether you are right for the job."

Bray-born Whitmore was speaking at the launch of the Dublin Fashion Festival, in association with Samsung, yesterday.

Having become a regular on the red carpet in the UK, Whitmore said she has acquired a sizeable designer wardrobe.

"You have a good relationship with a lot of designers and they let you wear your stuff when you're working on TV or hosting events," she said.

"So I return the favour by going to their show and they give you something to wear. So it's the easiest thing ever. I hate trying to find an outfit for something because you never find it."

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