Friday 22 June 2018

'We're 50pc of the population, girls need to be represented', 2fm's Tracy Clifford

Tracy Clifford
Tracy Clifford

Sean O'Grady

RTE star Tracy Clifford has taken a pop at rival radio stations, insisting they could learn a thing or two from 2fm when it comes to having more women on the airwaves.

The Dubliner, who joined 2fm in 2015 after working for SPIN 1038, said female representation at RTE was on the ball, but there was much to be desired on other stations.

"If you look at 2fm, we are killing it with (women on the radio)," she said.

"Every show has the birds, we're a station of the birds, so it's great. Other stations are not as great at the moment.

"There's been a few shows I thought were doing well on other stations that were moved, but on 2fm, there's a female voice on every show.

"We're 50pc of the population, girls need to be represented.

"There are stations that need to up their game with females, because they have great women working there already."

Newstalk has an all-male line-up during weekdays that features the likes of Pat Kenny, George Hook and Sean Moncrieff.

The station's female representation picks up on the weekends, with the likes of Ciara King, Sarah McInerney, Dil Wickremasinghe and Susan Cahill hosting shows.

McInerney previously presented Newstalk Drive with Chris Donoghue, before they were replaced by Ivan Yates.

The move drew sharp criticism from listeners, who pointed out she had been the sole female presenter on the weekday line-up after the departure of TV3's Colette Fitzpatrick.

Today FM features two women on its weekday line-up, Paula MacSweeney hosts the Early Breakfast while Louise Duffy presents Lost In Music in the evenings, alongside Ian Dempsey, Dermot and Dave, Al Porter, Fergal D'Arcy, Matt Cooper and Paul McLoone.

Like Newstalk, it has a higher concentration of female presenters on the weekends, with Alison Curtis, Nadine O'Regan and Muireann O'Connell.

2fm counts Jennifer Zamparelli, Jenny Greene, Lottie Ryan and Clifford among its weekday line-up, while Louise McSharry, Ciara King and Blathnaid Treacy also host shows on the weekend.

Speaking at the launch of King's new book Ciara's Diary at Dublin's House venue, Clifford admitted she had heard it said before that people don't like to listen to women on the radio.

"I've heard that and read that so many times," she told the Herald.

"I remember people saying it to me when I was a kid growing up, when I said I wanted to be a radio presenter, but they weren't people of influence.

"It was friends of parents or whoever. Maybe one person said it back in the 1980s, and it got legs. It doesn't make any sense."

The Tracy Clifford Show was recently nominated for an IMRO radio award for General Music Show.

"The show is going great. I am having the best time," she said.

Herald

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