“International Women’s Day: Patronising ABC boots male presenters off air”, Daily Telegraph, March 7, 2017:
A HOST of prominent women have labelled the ABC’s move to boot male television and radio hosts off air tomorrow for International Women’s Day as “tokenism”.
Sky host Peta Credlin, who permanently co-hosts an all female show with former NSW premier Kristina Keneally, questioned why the ABC did not promote women the rest of the year.
“This is nothing more than a token gesture by the ultimate organisation of tokenism, the ABC,” she said.
“Where’s their commitment to women over the other 364 days of the year? Surely we want the best in the media all day every day, be it men or women.”
Sky News political reporter Laura Jayes agreed it was tokenism: “The ABC should do something more permanent if they really believe in it, it shouldn’t be a token one-day event.”
In a move that’s set to be seen as deeply patronising to its female workforce, the ABC will kick all of its male television and radio hosts off air tomorrow and replace them with women in a bizarre attempt to promote gender equality to mark International Women’s Day.
High-profile presenters of ABC’s television, radio and digital platforms including the host of PM, Mark Colvin, radio host Richard Fidler and News Breakfast television co-host Michael Rowland will all be replaced by fill-in women, with the content centred around equality of the sexes….