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Why are so many top women losing their jobs at BBC Scotland?

By His Nibs |

March 29, 2012 | 2 min read

In the latest entry by The Drum's anonymous blogger, revealing news and observations Scotland's media and business communities wouldn't want you to hear, His Nibs reveals how women are losing the battle of the sexes at BBC Scotland.

Are BBC Scotland leaving themselves open to a sex discrimination charge?

His Nibs has picked up rumblings from the Riverside suggesting that women may have been disproportionately targeted during the latest cost-cutting cull at the cash-stricken broadcasting giant.

It would appear that three members of the senior management team were identified for the chop. The SMT until recently was made up of three women and five men.

Guess what? None of the men found themselves at risk.

Of course this sort of thing is not unusual at the BBC. A survey of licence-fee payers suggested that flagship programmes (Question Time, QI and Mock the Week to name a few) used "token" women and treated older ones as a bit of a joke.

And in the House of Commons recently two MPs not known for their feminism, Nadine Dorries and Tessa Munt, raged at the "culture of sexism" at the corporation, prompting culture minister Ed Vaizey to suggest a meeting between all sides.

But back to BBC Scotland. Was this coincidence or deliberate?

Either way it don’t look good and it don’t smell right.

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