Tuesday 21 November 2017

'Some radio stations tuck the women away on the weekend shifts or the night time shifts', says former 2FM DJ Ruth Scott

Ruth Scott and fiancé Rob Morgan
Ruth Scott and fiancé Rob Morgan

Sean O'Grady

Radio DJ Ruth Scott has admitted she thinks there needs to be more female voices on the airwaves, as many women radio hosts are only given late-night or weekend shows.

The Roscommon woman was a 2FM stalwart for 18 years and now presents on Radio Nova.

But she reckons there's still a long way to go before women have equal representation on the airwaves.

"It's funny, anytime I'm driving around the country I do flick constantly and I would have noticed there are not so many female presenters," she said.

"You don't want to offend people behind the scenes because a lot of them are women. But there is something to be said for audible representation.

"Some radio stations tuck the women away on the weekend shifts or the night time shifts, I don't know why.

"I'm working in it for 20 years and I'm always asked about being a radio presenter and I'm pretty sure none of my male counterparts were given the question about their experience as the male in radio. Maybe it's because there is less of us."

Ruth thinks the old- fashioned idea that people don't like listening to women is rubbish.

"My figures were always 50/50 male female and I was always very proud of that," she told the Herald.

"It's rubbish we still have to have that conversation. People will go, 'Oh yeah, there aren't many women there'. It's totally not true."

Herald

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