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.
I have literally zero shame about an all-women panel. Zero. We invited people and they said yes and then we realised our best line-up was all female. If you have a problem with that, you have a problem. #politicslive https://t.co/FZNO5trhDE— Rob Burley (@RobBurl) September 3, 2018
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.
Sorry Paul but you are just wrong. We put out lots of bids for big names in politics and political journalism and the best names we had for show one were women. That’s the absolute truth and it shouldn’t be an issue. https://t.co/SuXTBI8LDX— Rob Burley (@RobBurl) September 3, 2018
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.