Study Women In Tv Population Don't Reflect Women In General Population
Although women slightly outnumber men in the overall population, a new British study has discovered that they are outnumbered on television by more than 2-1. As reported by Britain's Guardian newspaper, the study, commissioned by the British commercial station Channel 4, also found that only four out of every 10 women appearing on TV are over the age of 40, while six out of every 10 men are 40 or over. "This pilot research measures the gap between what we see in the real world, and what we see on TV, and is the first step in developing a comprehensive measurement of how well TV represents and portrays different groups on screen," Oona King, Channel 4's head of diversity, said in a statement. "Fundamentally, this is about how we view our world and which groups are hidden from view or significantly under-represented. The gender gap here is quite startling."