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'All the female artists I speak to say they can't get on playlists' – shock over the huge gender gap on radio

Ed Power


There may not be a conscious bias, but the stats are 'stark'

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Playlist struggles: Singer and songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham. Photograph: ©Fran Veale

Playlist struggles: Singer and songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham. Photograph: ©Fran Veale

Playlist struggles: Singer and songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham. Photograph: ©Fran Veale

From Dermot Kennedy to Fontaines DC, Irish artists have conquered the world across recent years. But where are the break-out female stars? A new analysis of airplay on Irish radio has revealed a shocking disparity between the support given to male and female singers and musicians.

Women accounted for just 7.3pc of the top 20 most played Irish artists across 28 music-oriented radio stations in the past year.

Only RTÉ One achieved a 50-50 balance between male and female artists.