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Friday 17 August 2018

Today FM boss denies claims of gender bias

Chief Executive of Today FM Peter McPartlin has spoken out following claims that his station doesn't have enough female presenters.

Controversy has been brewing over the news that only three out of 40 nominees for this year's PPI Radio Awards were women.

Today FM producer and former presenter Mairead Farrell told the Herald that women should only be on air if they have talent.

RTE radio star Aine Lawlor argued that Irish media needs more female presenters.

Talent In a letter to the Irish Times, Mr McPartlin said Today FM has always encouraged new talent regardless of gender.

"The most recent programming recruits in Today FM have been primarily female," he wrote.

"This is alongside front-line female presenters who have been here for many years and a full female line-up of news anchors.

"Women are the primary producers across all of our main shows on weekdays and at weekends and have a major influence on our output.

"Today FM has always provided equal opportunities to new and experienced broadcasters, on the basis of merit and ability...regardless of gender," he added.

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