Beware of the perilous effects of gender quota-filling radio shows

Jo Bunting, the presenter of Where's the F in News
Jo Bunting, the presenter of Where's the F in News

Being a woman, I am supposed to rejoice at Radio 4’s all-female panel show, Where’s the F in News. But I am bemused by it. What does that title even mean? I think perhaps it’s a sort of pun, as in “Where’s the f---in’ News?” But “Where’s the f---in’ news” isn’t exactly a thing people say, is it? The joke – if this is the joke – is so weak as to be barely discernible, which puts one in a doubtful mood from the start.

And then the bigger question: what is the show itself supposed to be? Jo Bunting – a radio and TV producer who has done long stints at Have I Got News for You and Loose Women – says she devised it as a way of “bringing women’s voices to the fore”. The first series, last year, featured...

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