New BBC political show sparks controversy for hosting all-women panel

The BBC2 show’s editor Rob Burley was unfazed, stating that he had “literally zero shame about an all-women panel.” (Reuters)

The BBC’s new daily politics show sparked controversy after launching last Monday with an all-female line-up.

Many viewers of the Politics Live show commented on the decision, with critics mocking them on social media claiming that the move was “taking it too far.”

The BBC2 show’s editor Rob Burley was unfazed, stating that he had “literally zero shame about an all-women panel.”

The show launched on Monday morning featuring six female MPs and political pundits, including ex Home Secretary Amber Rudd and shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry.

The show was preceded by the BBC’s previous daily show Daily Politics, which was presented by Andrew Neil and Jo Coburn and discussed daily political events in Britain and abroad, hosting leading politicians and political commentators.

Many took to social media to have a fierce debate about the show’s launch where critics said that it was taking feminism too far, and that if the panel was all-men it would have sparked a bigger uproar. But supporters of the idea stated that only people “with issues” would have a problem with the all-female line-up.

Burley took to Twitter to hit back at the critics saying: “Great reaction to #politicslive bar some blokes who don’t like women being on TV.”

The BBC had been involved in a gender pay gap controversy earlier this year, where it was revealed that they had underpaid female staff in the same positions as men.

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