Men outshouting women on radio


Men’s voices dominate the airwaves, an assessment of the ratio of male to female presenters on radio has concluded.

Journalist, novelist and sometimes F-Word contributor Bidisha totted up the number of presenters on one week’s radio programming, and found that men took up between 75% and 95% of the jobs.

Bidisha says these are the numbers based on the schedule for this week – from 6.30am on Friday 20 May 2011 until 6.30am on Friday 27 May 2011. XFM did the worst, with women making up only 7% of presenters. Here are the full numbers:

  • XFM has 13 men and 1 woman (7%)
  • Kiss has 24 men and 3 women, one of whom presents the breakfast show with two male colleagues
  • BBC Radio One has 28 men and 4 women, of whom one is Annie Nightingale doing one show on Thursday from 2am until 4am
  • BBC Radio Two has 38 men and 7 women
  • BBC 6 Music has 23 men and 4 women, of whom one is not a regular but is presenting a one-off six part series
  • Heart London has 12 men and 3 women, of whom two are in mixed duos
  • Absolute Radio has 12 men and 4 women
  • Magic has a cosy routine of the same 6 men and 2 women regular presenters, as well as one afternoon show on a Sunday presented by Kim Wilde
  • Classic FM has 12 men and 4 women (25%)

Detail of a poster from 1951, shared on Flickr by roadsidepictures

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