Times caption: Nicky Morgan said that unflattering lighting in BBC studios had fuelled abuse online. Sky was “a bit better”, she said
The ever-accelerating dumbing down of TV current affairs programmes, caused by the inclusion of female “experts” who are nothing of the sort – and invariably less expert than the best men available – is set to get much worse. A piece in yesterday’s Times by Matthew Moore, Media Correspondent, focusing on a woman with a face better suited to radio than television:
The former cabinet minister Nicky Morgan has said that she refuses to be interviewed in regional BBC studios because the bright lights are unflattering and she has been insulted by social-media trolls as a result.
Ms Morgan, 45, instead requests that broadcasters send a film crew to her if they want to conduct an interview. [J4MB: A toxic mix of narcissism and idleness, common features of feminist MPs.]
The former education secretary and prominent Remain campaigner was speaking at a diversity event in London after figures showed that news programmes still featured many more male than female “talking heads”. She suggested that many women were too humble to put themselves forward. “Sky’s a bit better but BBC Millbank [in Westminster] — you sit there in a kind of small cupboard with a camera pointing straight at you,” she said. “It is deeply unflattering in how you look and . . . I just get a whole load of social abuse afterwards about how ugly I am.” [J4MB emphasis]
Research from City University, London found that BBC News at Ten featured fewer female experts than rival news programmes. The ratio was 3.1 to 1, compared to ITV News at Ten (2.5 to 1) and Sky News (2.4 to 1).
A BBC spokeswoman said: “Our ratios are improving but we’ve said we need to go further and faster with a BBC target for a 50:50 split of expert voices by April.” [J4MB emphasis]
Margot James, the minister for digital, said that she was sympathetic to calls for an end to online anonymity. Jess Phillips, the Labour MP, said this week that she had received more than 600 rape threats in one night.
The government is preparing a white paper on internet safety.
Ms James also warned that the BBC may have broken the law by paying its former China editor Carrie Gracie less than male colleagues for similar work. Ms Gracie resigned in January alleging discrimination, which the BBC denies.
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