RTÉ Hosts Bring on the Women
On Wednesday 22nd May, RTÉ held Ireland's first-ever industry-hosted training and networking day for female area experts willing to become more active in broadcast representation.
‘Bring on the Women’, a free one-day training programme, was organised by RTÉ and conducted on-site in conjunction with Women on Air. RTÉ’s involvement in the training day was the initiative of Clare Duignan, outgoing Managing Director, RTÉ Radio.
Speaking about the event, Clare Duignan said: “Diversity of voice and perspective and fair representation are important issues for Irish media as a whole. For a number of reasons, women are less represented on Irish airwaves than they should be and among those reasons are lack of confidence and media experience. Bring on the Women is indicative of RTÉ’s commitment to contributing to addressing this important issue. Through this training day we are pooling our collective energy to further develop some of Ireland’s most capable female experts, enabling them to confidently step forward and to contribute to the conversations that matter most to the people of Ireland.”
The programme was facilitated and chaired by a diverse range of successful female professionals with broadcast and media experience. Those lending their time and expertise include: RTÉ broadcaster Áine Lawlor, former Tánaiste Mary Harney, TV3 broadcaster Ursula Halligan, Women on Air founder and CEO of Clear Ink Margaret Ward, RTÉ Head of External Relations Mairéad Ni Nuadháin, RTÉ broadcaster Claire Byrne and Riverdance producer Moya Doherty. A range of female professionals from the fields of economics, engineering, science, technology and the arts availed of the training.
Speaking about Bring on the Women, Caroline Erskine, Chair of Women on Air said: "Women On Air salutes RTÉ for taking this practical and significant step towards addressing the gender imbalance on the airwaves. It is the first broadcaster to introduce a training day for women experts as a way of encouraging the development of new, authoritative voices on news and current affairs programmes. Women on Air is delighted to partner with RTÉ and introduce it, and the wider broadcasting community, to The List of over a thousand women who are experts in their fields."