Watch: BBC presenter highlights men only panel during election debate
BBC presenter Mark Carruthers highlighted how the five main political parties provided only spokesmen for the debate on the results of the local elections on the Sunday Politics show in Northern Ireland.
The broadcaster said it was the same case as the previous Thursday evening on his The View programme.
"As ever we work hard to get a gender balance," he said.
Addressing the panel, he added: "All those capable articulate women you have in your ranks ... none of them with us today?"
He was met with silence.
"Well that is your call," he added.
On Twitter the journalist Tim Brannigan added: "If you’re looking for diversity, some are wearing ties, some aren’t."
DUP MP Emma Little Pengelly - who pointed out the presenter was also white and male - defended the parties.
"Not clear if all the parties were told who else was on the panel, therefore no one realised all other parties were sending men," she tweeted.
Absolute state of this in 2019. Politics panel, Belfast style. If you’re looking for diversity, some are wearing ties, some aren’t. pic.twitter.com/aSJvC191NP— Tim Brannigan (@tim_brannigan) May 5, 2019
Said BBC presenter (not seen) was also a white male - ...just in case anyone was wondering! 😂— E Little-Pengelly MP (@little_pengelly) May 5, 2019
Tbf not clear if the parties were told who else was on the panel, therefore no one realised all other parties were sending men?? https://t.co/wnG79bahDw
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