Lords take evidence from news journalists and ministers

04 November 2014

Three well-known female news and current affairs journalists will share their experiences of working in the industry across broadcasters with the House of Lords Communications Committee on Tuesday 4 November 2014, in the penultimate evidence session of its inquiry into the representation of women in news and current affairs broadcasting.


Tuesday 4 November 2014, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30 pm:

  • Miriam O’Reilly, a former Countryfile presenter who won an ageism case against the BBC
  • Cathy Newman, who became the first female co-presenter of Channel 4 news in 2011
  • Penny Marshall, the BBC’s newly-appointed Education Editor

Lines of questioning

  • Why are there so few female reporters in news and current affairs?
  • Are women encouraged into certain roles – for example presenting, rather than news reporting – because of an assumption that these roles are more suitable for women?
  • What are the main barriers to progression for women, and how have you been able to overcome them?
  • What needs to happen in the industry to achieve parity in all areas?

At 4.30 pm:

  • Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Minister for Women and Equalities
  • Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

Lines of questioning

  • The Government’s role in helping to achieve equality of representation for women, both on and off air;
  • Whether progress within the industry on equality is moving too slowly; and
  • The role of Ofcom in equal opportunities monitoring.

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