Tag Archives: sexism

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 with no women on them. You can’t do that. It’s not acceptable.” […]

The Have I Got News For You gender bias spreadsheet

I haven’t been doing weekly posts about it this series, but I am keeping the HIGNFY gender bias spreadsheet updated – you’ll normally find the updated version of it available on that link by Saturday lunchtime after a show. The problem is finding something new to say about it after every show, when the figures […]

Worth Reading 105: Better ways of making paper

How Liberal Democrat MPs voted against making it far harder to misuse libel – Depressing. A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip – Gabrielle Giffords in the New York Times Dead children and monied politicians – and David Simon on how American democracy is failing under the unrestrained influence of lobbyists and money. Do you […]

Have I Got News For You returns – and so does my gender bias spreadsheet

As the new series of HIGNFY started on Friday, I’ve updated the spreadsheet I created last year about the gender of guests. You can find it by clicking here, and I’ll endeavour to update it every week during this series. The overall figures remain pretty much as they did through last year – overall 23.49% […]

An easy opportunity to get more women in Parliament

Following some of the links from the Lib Dem Voice Golden Dozen, I found this post by Richard Morris suggesting names for potential new Lib Dem members of the House of Lords. As I’ve stated many times before, I’d like to see the House of Lords replaced with an elected chamber – it’s the 21st […]

Worth Reading 92: The Love Album

Where Are All the Female Bloggers: a Series of Questions that require answers – something discovered during my trawl through the blogging archives. A post by Jennie Rigg from three years ago, but still very relevant. What next for the Liberal Democrats? – An interesting perspective on the party’s situation from Irish blogger Jason O’Mahony. […]

Worth Reading 91: The Psalm of Protection

Five more interesting things for you, gathered from across the internet. The Whiffle Flib test – Hopi Sen offers a way to ensure that political speeches are devoid of all meaning and context. Security Myths and Passwords – Why making people change their passwords once a month doesn’t improve security. (via) Leadership That’s Working? – […]

Series 44 of Have I Got News For You is over

And so the gender balance spreadsheet is up to date for the last time this year. It was a 30% series – 30% of the guests (including 3 out of 10 of the hosts) were women. The overall figures are now that 23.46% of guests and 22.95% of guest hosts have been women. This series […]

The first task of Saturday is complete

And the spreadsheet breaking down Have I Got News guests by gender is now updated. After last night, the figures are now: 29.63% of guests this series, and 23.43% overall, have been women 3 out of 9 guest hosts this season have been women, and 23.08% overall Charlotte Church broke a run of six straight […]

It’s Saturday morning…

…and so the Have I Got News For You spreadsheet has been updated again. Amazingly, despite there being two female guests on it last night, the sky hasn’t fallen and I can now report that: 29.17% of guests this season have been women 23.4% of guests overall have been women 22.65% of guest hosts have […]