Redtop boys’ club is alive and well
While Ofcom opens a new front in its battle to bring diversity to the BBC, monitoring class backgrounds and regional accents, poor old Fleet Street is still grinding away at the balances between male and female staff.
Latest intelligence from a new Women in Media survey last week: if you’re a female reporter wanting a front page byline, join the Guardian (where 43% of bylines over a monitored two months were women’s) or the Telegraph (35%) or the FT (35%). Steer well clear of the Mirror (10%), the Sun (15%) and George Osborne’s Evening Standard (15%).
As for the balance between men and women in 17 designated executive posts, there’s an underlying current that seems to help explain those frontpage results. The Guardian has 67% of women in senior roles, the FT a perfect 50-50% gender split. But down redtop alley, the Sun boasts a mere 13% of senior women and the Mirror 20%.
No more pat lectures to the BBC, perhaps. Auntie’s 48% of women on the staff looks a tolerable outcome, until you mention pay.