Newstalk silencing women?

ger12

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During peak listening hours (7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday) it appears now that there won't be any female presenting on the Newstalk radio station.

Nope, not one.

RTE Radio 1 for example has 4 women on air, RnaG has 8 female presenters during that time.

What in earth is going on at Newstalk that female voices are being avoided during peak listening hours?

When thejournal.ie inquired, Newstalk wouldn't supply a comment. Seems very odd indeed surely?

'You won't hear a woman's voice, and it's not acceptable': What are Irish radio stations doing about gender balance?
 


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Newstalk has gone to the dogs

Fecking Ivan Yates on primetime. The man is amateurish as a host.
Bobby Kerr seems to be barely able to read off a script
George Hook is like Rush limbaugh with dementia
Paul Williams another lad who sounds confused most of the time

They are backed up by competent broadcasters who do their best but getting lads who don't know their trade on the radio as hosts just makes the station sound woeful.

I am guessing they are trying to find a niche but failing.
I do like off the ball, moncrief, the science show and the ted radio hour though
 

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That is the market for ya , various women have gotten chances to present shows on Newstalk but they have either jumped ship to another station or the have not been able to hold an audience.

They need to put in people that are going to bring in listeners and revenue.

The gender is irrelevant as long as they do that.

At the launch of Newstalk new lines up's last month there were 3 senior management staff present , all female , all would have had an input in selecting presenters , do you think they choose on sexist grounds or purely business?
 

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That is the market for ya , various women have gotten chances to present shows on Newstalk but they have either jumped ship to another station or the have not been able to hold an audience.

They need to put in people that are going to bring in listeners and revenue.

The gender is irrelevant as long as they do that.

At the launch of Newstalk new lines up's last month there were 3 senior management staff present , all female , all would have had an input in selecting presenters , do you think they choose on sexist grounds or purely business?
Ookayyy..... men are crap because of women.

Next.
 

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What in earth is going on at Newstalk that female voices are being avoided during peak listening hours?
There just aren't that many articulate women in Fine Gael.
 

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They need to put in people that are going to bring in listeners and revenue.
That's the basis for commerical radio. And Newstalk doesn't have a licence fee to bail it out.
 

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That is the market for ya , various women have gotten chances to present shows on Newstalk but they have either jumped ship to another station or the have not been able to hold an audience.

They need to put in people that are going to bring in listeners and revenue.

The gender is irrelevant as long as they do that.

At the launch of Newstalk new lines up's last month there were 3 senior management staff present , all female , all would have had an input in selecting presenters , do you think they choose on sexist grounds or purely business?
The market indeed.
Newstalk gambled big on bringing in Pat Kenny, and with him his RTE audience.
Result?
Utter failure, the audience stays put, with a broadcaster on a fraction of Kenny's bloated pay.
And Kenny, without the backing of RTE resources, is exposed as a pretty threadbare broadcaster.
Mysteriously, he still has a job...
 

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During peak listening hours (7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday) it appears now that there won't be any female presenting on the Newstalk radio station.

Nope, not one.

RTE Radio 1 for example has 4 women on air, RnaG has 8 female presenters during that time.

What in earth is going on at Newstalk that female voices are being avoided during peak listening hours?

When thejournal.ie inquired, Newstalk wouldn't supply a comment. Seems very odd indeed surely?

'You won't hear a woman's voice, and it's not acceptable': What are Irish radio stations doing about gender balance?
If a smoking monkey playing the bongos brought in more listeners than a man or a woman - the monkey would OWN the gig with everyones blessing.
 

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newstalk is a comercial station.

and the talent they've put up wasnt up to the mark.

simple as that.

theyve TRIED over the years, good god theyve tried, but their HR dept just doesnt seem capable of finding decent female presenters.

personally i put it down to them continually relying on journo types instead of - you know- broadcasters.

but its not like their the only ones. half of RTEs best -male or female- came from the pirate sector. and its been downhill ever since that got wiped out.

hence the keelin shanlys of the world coming to the fore there.

personally i think talk radio is in a crisis. half the blokes on radio are unlistenable twits too. with the downward curve going the way it is it'll be all chris donogues and paul williams within a decade.

be afraid people !
 

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The market indeed.
Newstalk gambled big on bringing in Pat Kenny, and with him his RTE audience.
Result?
Utter failure, the audience stays put, with a broadcaster on a fraction of Kenny's bloated pay.
And Kenny, without the backing of RTE resources, is exposed as a pretty threadbare broadcaster.
Mysteriously, he still has a job...
Yes they gambled on Kenny and got burnt.

But they make decisions on commercial reasons and no other , do you really think the management sit around every day thinking about how they will silence women , like hell they do. The only thing that interests them is who is likely to bring in the most revenue. Their own jobs depend on that.
 

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personally i think talk radio is in a crisis.
Essentially, it is losing its audience due to the rise of smart phones and Social Media. Most people probably only hear a radio station when in some shop or or some car or bus. Apart from that, the traditional radio audience is aging and there is a lot of competition for that diminishing share of the market that listens to talk radio. National talk radio channels seem to be struggling but local radio stations with a more varied schedule seem to be doing better. Perhaps the main problem for Newstalk and RTE One and RTE One and a Half is that they are perceived, outside of the Pale, to be irrelevant Dublin stations.
 

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newstalk is a comercial station.

and the talent they've put up wasnt up to the mark.

simple as that.

theyve TRIED over the years, good god theyve tried, but their HR dept just doesnt seem capable of finding decent female presenters.

personally i put it down to them continually relying on journo types instead of - you know- broadcasters.

but its not like their the only ones. half of RTEs best -male or female- came from the pirate sector. and its been downhill ever since that got wiped out.

hence the keelin shanlys of the world coming to the fore there.

personally i think talk radio is in a crisis. half the blokes on radio are unlistenable twits too. with the downward curve going the way it is it'll be all chris donogues and paul williams within a decade.

be afraid people !
Thing is, it's more than half...yet they keep their jobs.
Every time Williams tries to frame a sentence he'd put you in mind of a woodpecker complaining about a cut in his pension as the social welfare hatch was being closed on him. (I'm convinced it's not a stammer, I wouldn't mock that - he's a gibbering idiot)
 

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Yeah-it's nothing to do with wobbly bits. I find the women chosen to take the mic in Irish radio incredibly boring. The men? Generally, only a little less so. Claire Byrne is an exception but Marion, Keelin, Miriam, that one that does the week in politics, the one that just got bumped on Newstalk, most of them are boring as bleedin bejayzuzzz.
 
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If Newstalk find a way to silence women they could patent it, people would buy it.................. well married men would.
 

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Essentially, it is losing its audience due to the rise of smart phones and Social Media. Most people probably only hear a radio station when in some shop or or some car or bus. Apart from that, the traditional radio audience is aging and there is a lot of competition for that diminishing share of the market that listens to talk radio. National talk radio channels seem to be struggling but local radio stations with a more varied schedule seem to be doing better. Perhaps the main problem for Newstalk and RTE One and RTE One and a Half is that they are perceived, outside of the Pale, to be irrelevant Dublin stations.
Plus one. I sometimes wonder who the old farts are on here who pay so much attention to Vinnie and the Late, late ...
 


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