Male experts still outnumber female experts on the main TV news bulletins by more than three to one, a study has found, despite a campaign to improve the number of women on screen.
Howell welcomed the overall improvement in the gender balance of experts. However, she said: “Women are still not being used enough by flagship shows in this country and it is clear that more work needs to be done.”
Allow me to do some mansplainin’.
How many male experts are there out there compared to female? And here expert does not mean “gobby with an opinion” nor even “fake think tanker with a tale to sell”. It means “someone expert in the subject under discussion”.
If you don’t know the composition of the underlying base then you don’t know whether there is under or even over representation of women, do you?
And given that a usual complaint is that men vastly outnumber women at the top of the various professions and sciences, which is where we’re likely to find those we call experts, shouldn’t we actually expect there to be more men doing this?