After seeing some comments on Twitter, I just tuned in to tonight’s Newsnight to catch the end of it: It seems to have been some sort of all-female program. I wasn’t clear on if it was an all-female panel too – it looked like it was just an all-female audience.
As some other woman once said: I am not amused.
It looks like it’s sending out the message that “Women can’t compete with men, so they need their own program”. I’d much rather see the BBC apply a reasonable balance across the board instead of trying to fix it with one-off specials like this.
But then it is Tory party conference, and they like over-the-top positive discrimination. And yet still, they put a bloke – Paxman – in the chair. I think that says it all really.