Veteran presenter John Mangos has written an interesting opinion piece in the Daily Telegraph that raises the question of whether in the push to give women more visibility on television, senior males are now missing out.
Mangos, who has worked for Seven, Nine, TEN, SBS and SKY News notes that ten years ago women (in news) were the minority.He writes in part:
In recent times we’ve seen Ten’s Bill Woods and Ron Wilson get the chop. Leigh Hatcher has left Sky News, as has Terry Willesee, and the very capable Chris Roe was let go last week after nine years of dedicated service.
Even as recently as last week we saw the highly competent Melissa Doyle reportedly take a $150,000 haircut from a $700,000-a-year salary.
Our airwaves are now dominated by the highly intelligent and attractive types of Leigh Sales, Liz Hayes, Lisa Wilkinson, Jennifer Keyte, Kylie Gillies, Natalie Barr, Juanita Phillips, Sandra Sully, Tracy Grimshaw, Jenny Brockie, Ellen Fanning, Helen Dalley, Chris Bath, Samantha Armytage and Today Tonight’s Helen Kapalos.
What’s going on?
In the US and Europe media organisations would be beating a path to the doors of us 50-something blokes with generations of experience, grey hair, worldliness and wisdom. Such men are revered.
Not here it seems.
Has television misogyny done a backflip?
In the words of the immortal Professor Julius Sumner Miller: “Why is this so?”
Thirty-four years ago, when I began in broadcast news, the ratio was about eight men to two women on the road – the anchors were all men.
It now seems the opposite.
Some interesting observations which I’m sure will elicit some debate.
You can read the rest here.