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Women in news and current affairs broadcasting inquiry

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, under the chairmanship of Lord Best, is conducting an inquiry into women in news and current affairs broadcasting on television and radio.

Inquiry status: Oral evidence concluded and Report published.

Background

A number of studies have indicated concern about the representation of women in television and radio news and current affairs broadcasting in terms of employment, casting and participation.

Views are unlikely to diverge on the question of whether women should be represented in news and current affairs broadcasting. There may however be different perspectives on the urgency and on realisable practical routes to achieving a more equal footing between women and men as presenters, expert guests, employees in production teams and in editorial roles in news and current affairs broadcasting on television and radio. 

Timeline

The Committee heard oral evidence from invited witnesses in October and November 2014 and reported in January 2015. Reports are made for the information of the House but may also make recommendations. The Government have undertaken to respond in writing to reports from select committees.

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