Dara O Briain: BBC wrong to announce all-male panel ban
25 February 2014 Last updated at 16:39 GMT
Mock the Week host Dara O Briain has claimed the BBC was wrong to publicly announce its all-male comedy panel ban.
He said he had "zero problem" with women on the shows but felt the decision would make all female comics look like "token women."
He told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast: "It means people we would book anyway... very talented, very funny women, are suddenly seen that they are there because of an edict."
A BBC spokesman said that all panel shows filmed in the future would include at least one female participant.