Susanna Reid brands NTAs ‘sexist’ as just 13 women make list for top presenter

Susanna Reid has branded the National TV Awards “sexist” as it has 30 men and only 13 women on the list for its presenter of the year.

Yesterday the long lists were announced, which the public then vote on to form the shortlists for the January prizegiving event.

But surprisingly to some people, Good Morning Britain host Susanna was not amongst the list of 43 people. Other arguably less successful male presenters were.

Her GMB co-star Piers Morgan is on the list and he said on twitter: “Susanna condemns Official NTAs as sexist because I’ve made the Presenter of the Year nominee list.. and she, sadly, has not.”

Susanna responded by saying: “30 men 13 women On the long list. #JustSaying.”

The NTAs long list are produced by award show bosses and the public then vote to create a shortlist of names and then there is a second public vote to decide the winners.

But the initial long lists and how they are obtained is not mentioned in the show’s terms and conditions online.

Tonight the NTAs declined to give an official comment but a source said the long lists for categories were “compiled by TV ratings so are essentially it’s a longlist from shows and presenters that are popular and well rated on tv”.

They added that the TV Presenter long list contenders are “taken from the Long listed programmes in Light Entertainment and Factual Entertainment categories”.

Piers Morgan was listed for his interview show Life Stories (in Entertainment category). But Susanna does not have a long listed show in those categories so wasn’t apparently eligible for the presenter category.

However, the dominance of men in a number of categories will raise eyebrows in the industry.

It comes at a time when the gender pay gap is being urgently addressed by the BBC and other TV channels. BBC Director General Tony Hall spoke of screen “equality” being something he believes in during a speech in September.

ITV, who screen the National TV Awards revealed a 11.9% gender pay gap in March. They said at the time would set up a gender pay gap working group and wanted equality within the company.

In a staement it said: “Through our ongoing programme of diversity and inclusion initiatives, we are committed to ensuring that there are no barriers within ITV that prevent women being able to progress and fully achieve their personal career goals.”

Elsewhere in the NTA nominations the ‘TV Judge’ award has 29 nominations with just ten female nominees and the likes of Mary Berry, who was on Britain’s Best Home Cook, and Apprentice sidekick Karen Brady were not on the list.

Judge Rinder did make the list, despite the fact his show is on ITV daytime and does not command huge ratings. Comedian Romesh Ranganathan was also on the long list for ‘Judge Romesh’, a show on digital channel Dave which did not have as big an audience as Mary Berry’s show where she was a food judge. Karen missed out because Lord Sugar was seen as the judge on The Apprentice.

When asked why Rinder and Ranganathan were on the list the NTA source added: “We have included all the TV judges from the Talent Show plus two actual TV Judges: Judge Rinder and Judge Romesh”.

The Drama Performance category bucks the trend for the other long lists and has 29 females and 21 male nominees.

The winners will be announced at the NTA Awards show live on ITV on January 22.

Susanna is right to call out the NTA bosses

by MARK JEFFERIES, Showbiz Editor

The criteria for choosing these long lists at the National TV Awards seems to be fairly basic and simply a case of someone trawling TV ratings and picking the most popular shows and names from the shows over the last 12 months.

But I learned yesterday there is no hard and fast rule and in some categories like TV Judge, other less popular shows have got their male hosts added on the long list for no clear reason.

Worse still in 2018 when talk across the TV industry is rightly about addressing the gender pay gap and getting more females on screen, we have award long lists with double or more males compared to females competing for an NTA.

Susanna Reid, unquestionably a great TV presenter, is right to call out the NTA bosses on the imbalance of their lists.

The NTAs should remain a public vote and the most popular programmes and stars will still triumph.

But it would nice if the starting point was 50/50 long lists giving female TV stars an equal chance of winning.

TV Presenter long list

1. Adam Hills

2. Alex Jones

3. Alexander Armstrong

4. Ant & Dec

5. Ashley Banjo

6. Ben Shephard

7. Bradley Walsh

8. Caroline Flack

9. Claudia Winkleman

10. Davina McCall

11. Dara Ó Briain

12. Dermot O’Leary

13. Emma Willis

14. Fiona Bruce

15. Fiona Phillips

16. Gary Lineker

17. Graham Norton

18. Harry Hill

19. Holly Willoughby

20. James Corden

21. Jeremy Clarkson

22. Jeremy Vine

23. Jimmy Carr

24. Jonathan Ross

25. Keith Lemon

26. Matt Baker

27. Michael McIntyre

28. Nick Knowles

29. Noel Fielding

30. Ore Oduba

31. Paddy McGuinness

32. Paul O’Grady

33. Phillip Schofield

34. Piers Morgan

35. Richard Osman

36. Rob Beckett

37. Rochelle Humes

38. Sandi Toksvig

39. Stephen Mulhern

40. Sue Barker

41. Tess Daly

42. Tom Kerridge

43. Zoe Ball

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