BBC Director-General Tony Hall sets new targets for women in BBC local radio

We have got to be more reflective of the audiences who are listening to our programmes. That is why by the end of 2014 I would like to see half of our Local Radio stations with a woman presenting on the Breakfast shows.”Tony Hall, BBC Director-General
Date: 22.08.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.09
BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, has unveiled an ambitious vision for BBC Local Radio at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, stating that by the end of 2014, the corporation is aiming for 50 per cent of local stations to have a woman presenting the high-profile Breakfast shows – either in a solo capacity or as part of a team.

During a panel discussion on Thursday afternoon, Tony Hall said: “We have got to be more reflective of the audiences who are listening to our programmes. That is why by the end of 2014 I would like to see half of our Local Radio stations with a woman presenting on the Breakfast shows.”

Across BBC local radio there is already a strong line-up of women – as editors, journalists and presenters. They make up 48 per cent of the entire workforce and BBC Local Radio has also traditionally been an important training ground for female presenting talent for the whole broadcast industry.

But there is more that can be done to strengthen the number of female voices in presentation, a challenge shared by the wider radio industry.

David Holdsworth, Controller, English Regions, said: “Finding new and diverse voices is a challenge we relish and is fundamental to the role of local radio. Work is already underway to better reflect the communities we serve. A series of initiatives have been launched to widen the way BBC Local Radio searches for and identifies talented presenters while, at the same time, seeking to address any challenges that women may face in this area.”

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