Thursday 23 November 2017

Tracey Clifford and Blathnaid Treacy: 'Women shouldn't be on air to fill a quota'

Jenny Greene and Nikki Byrne
Jenny Greene and Nikki Byrne

Elaine McCahill

Radio stations shouldn't put women on air just "to tick a box", two broadcasters have said.

Tracey Clifford and Blathnaid Traecy have said in conversation with Jenny Greene that people atched on to the idea that there needed to be more women on radio, but said they should only get the job if they're good enough.

Jenny Greene
Jenny Greene

"I think there was a feeling from some stations who thought, 'we need to hit the female quota', but you don't," Tracey Clifford told the Herald.

"If there's no one good out there that you want then don't put them on air.

"People just latched on to that and thought you have to put women on air to tick a box. Put them on air if they're good, it doesn't matter if they're a man or a woman.

"There isn't a need to give someone a job when they're only doing it a year."

2fm is set to launch a rebrand this month which Jenny said would be "more in the style of BBC Radio 1" in the UK.

One of the newest additions to the station is former Spin 1038 presenter Tracy Clifford.

With Tracy, Jenny, Jennifer Maguire on Breakfast Republic, Louise McSharry and Ciara King on Chris and Ciara, half the prime-time presenters are now women.

"I think in terms of paving the way for other women to come on the radio, 2fm has done a little for that but I don't think we're broadcasting saying: 'We're girls so girls listen to us'," Tracey said.


Blathnaid Traecy said: "I think it's brilliant that finally a woman, like me, is on an afternoon show and that we are representing being a normal bird in 2016 in Ireland."

"I don't think I'm on the radio and I'm a woman, I think we need to stop that now and just move forward," she added.

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