304 News Programmes Monitored March 2012 – October 2013
|BBC News at Ten||45|
|ITV News at Ten||37|
|Today Radio 4||41|
|Channel 4 News||13|
|Radio 5 Live||23|
|Radio 4 PM||14|
From March 2012 until October 2013, every month a feature appeared in “Broadcast” magazine comparing the record of different programmes when it came to representing women. The comparisons worked. Broadcasters started to take notice. In January 2013, a whole edition of “The Media Show” on BBC Radio 4 was devoted to the issue of under-representation of women in news and current affairs, based on the City research and campaign.
You can hear that programme here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pzv2q
The “Broadcast” features were based on the numbers of women experts interviewed on selected news programme. These figures were collected by students on the MA Broadcasting or MA TV courses at City’s Department of Journalism, and were written up by lecturer Lis Howell.
At that time random programmes were sampled. It was a lot of fun, not terribly scientific, but the evidence was overwhelming and the programme editors couldn’t deny it. Only one tried and then gave up…..
In October 2013 Lis was given a sabbatical by the University and sorted out the random data. There was enough material on four programmes to provide a valid sample for research purposes. These programmes were BBC News At Ten; ITV News at Ten; the Today programmes on BBC Radio 4; and Sky News (various half hours). This was later written up in an academic article published in Journalism Practice in 2016. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17512786.2016.1232173