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BBC wants gender balance of contributors by April 2019

BBC wants gender balance of contributors by April 2019
From BBC - April 1, 2018

The BBC wants to ensure an equal number of male and female expert contributors appear on its news programmes by April 2019, the corporation has said.

It stressed the scheme focuses on contributors rather than individuals who are in charge or accountable.

A report on the organisation's progress will be produced in a year's time.

The BBC has recently come under fire for the gender imbalance on its list of best-paid stars and its gender pay gap of 9.3%.

In 2016 research conducted by City University London found the male to female ratio for experts on the UK's broadcast news programmes between October 2015 and March 2016 stood at 3:1.

BBC News at Ten had a ratio of 3.8:1 and for Radio 4's Today programme the figure was 2.8:1.

BBC director general Tony Hall said seeking a 50:50 gender split would "transform the range of expert voices across the BBC."

News, current affairs and a range of topical programmes on the BBC will follow the example set by the programme Outside Source.

In January 2017 Outside Source began self monitoring the gender of those featured on its programme and has since achieved an equal balance.

Rebecca Bailey, former editor of Outside Source, said: "I am really proud of what we have achieved so far with the 50:50 project."

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