British female artists are underrepresented on UK radio, a new study has found.
The Gender Disparity Radio Report, from Women in CTRL and Linda Coogan Byrne, has produced a report to provide analysis of the 20 most-played british acts across British radio stations in the period of June 2019 – 2020, and the top 100 radio airplay chart in 2020.
Broken down into male, female and collab categories, the findings on the report outline the Gender Disparity that is present in the Top 20 most played songs by British artists across 31 individual radio stations in the UK. Among the radio stations included were BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra, Kiss, BBC radio 6, Capital FM, and Heart. Each of these radio stations played less than 25% of songs from female artists during the 12 month period.
BBC Radio 1 played 85% male music in the last year, with acts like Jorja Smith, Mahalia, and Shaybo making up BBC Radio 1Xtra’s 30% of female artists to recieve airplay. According to the report, Radio X have played no songs by female artists in the last 12 months.
You can see the full Gender Disparity Radio Report here.
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