Following the last second cancellation of a TV programme about separated dads, a spokeswoman for the channel was forced to admit that, they have a panel of members of the public whom they ask what should be shown on TV and which songs should be on radio station play-lists. All programmes are watched by this group and all old and new records are considered before being allowed on the airwaves.
This last episode was considered by the panel to be inappropriate as it might have reflected negatively on women in general and single mothers in particular and, they felt they could not show that kind of programme on air.
When asked about how this panel is chosen, the spokeswoman said, "well we used to simply ask at Women's Institutes for people who had time on their hands, but we contacted Harriet Harman and her Equalities department to ensure we had some balance in the panel. Ms Harman supplied us with the names of dozens of Womens Aid contacts who have provided lots of people to appear in the panel."
When asked about the possible prejudice in choosing an entirely female panel the spokeswoman said, "We think it reflects accurately who we are trying to reach. We know our target audience is entirely female. We know that only women watch TV anyway and listen to the radio. The men are too busy working or committing crime so their views are irrelevant anyway. We just need them to carry on paying the TV licence so that women can continue to watch and listen for free."