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Let’s make satirising Parliament legal

Until 1771, people weren’t allowed to publish detailed reports of what went on in Parliament. Only Hansard, the official record, was allowed to give verbatim coverage of what had been said by representatives. This restriction was lifted, and over time we’ve been given…

After 50 series, Have I Got News For You still only manages 25% of women guests

Have I Got News For You recently finished it’s landmark 50th series, and I’ve updated my spreadsheet on the gender balance of guests to include it. The good news is that the show has continued with the BBC’s policy of having at least…

Updating the Have I Got News For You gender bias spreadsheet is still a depressing task

Since I first started doing my breakdown of HIGNFY guests by gender a few years ago, it’s always been a quite depressing experience. Sure, there are occasional chinks of light – the BBC stopping all-male panels, and the first show for 17 years…

Have I Got News For You just had it’s best ever series for female representation (but it could have been so much better) #hignfy

My spreadsheet of HIGNFY guests and guest hosts broken down by gender is now complete for the end of series 48. The good news is that as well as featuring the first show with all-female guests since 1997 (and the first time ever…

Is #HIGNFY about to achieve some sort of gender balance?

I noted a couple of weeks ago that Have I Got News For You had made a little bit of history a fortnight ago with its first ever episode with more women onscreen than men. I don’t know if we’ll have to wait…

Sexism on game shows: it’s not just on Have I Got News For You #HIGNFY

Coming next, I’ll have articles about how water is wet, and an exclusive reveal of just what bears are getting up to in forested areas so I can have equally shocking headlines for you. As you’ll probably know, I’ve been doing my spreadsheet…

Have I Got News For You makes history – but far too late #HIGNFY

Have I Got News For You has been on the air for twenty-four years, and last night it managed to do something it’s never done before. For the first time ever last night, the majority of people on screen for an episode of…

Gender bias on Have I Got News For You – spreadsheet updated

I uploaded my spreadsheet of Have I Got News For You guests broken down by gender after the last series, then today realised I’d forgotten to upload the new version. So, that’s now uploaded – and here it is. I guess if you’re…

The end of all-male panels on the BBC?

Quick trivia question: What connects Richard Osman, Dan Snow and Mark Steel? They’re the last all-male line-up of guests on Have I Got News For You, if Danny Cohen delivers on his promise: “We’re not going to have panel shows on any more…

Gender bias on Have I Got News For You – updated

I was reminded about this by a Twitter conversation this morning, and realised that I hadn’t updated my spreadsheet about the gender of guests on Have I Got News For You since the last series ended. That the last series was pretty underwhelming…

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