Join our distinguished panel – including Harriet Harman, who introduced the legislation requiring gender pay data reporting - to discuss what the figures show, the implications for companies and the sector more broadly, and what can and should be done to narrow the gender pay gap.
women in TV
Key industry players examine the issues facing women in the broadcast technology sector, including the impact of gender stereotyping at a young age, lack of awareness of opportunities, and access to training and mentors.
The debate over women working in television has come a long way since 1986 when Coronation Street was an all-male cabal. In those days, all the female characters were written by men. Yet, as recently as 2015, when Red Productions unveiled the latest run of ITV’s trail-blazing cop show Scott and Bailey, the response of male journalists could be relentlessly sexist, revealed actor Lesley Sharp.
Why, 46 years after the Equal Pay Act, are women in television still being paid less than men? “A man at exactly the same grade as me, with far less education and experience, and who joined the BBC after I did, was paid £10,000 more than me,” says one female staffer.
“I am paid £5,000 less than a man on the same grade, despite having more responsibility and having worked more years on the team,” complains another.
Young people with a passion for broadcasting and filmmaking have been celebrated at one of the region’s most prestigious media events.
The University of Sunderland hosted the RTS North East and Border Centre, Young Peoples’ Media Festival (YPMF) on Wednesday 18 May. The festival celebrates work from students, schools and colleges throughout the North East, North Yorkshire, and Cumbria.