Radio: Double Standard

Aiming at "consistency" of voice and treatment, BBC last week cut its staff of 19 newscasters to eight. The eight finalists were chosen from recordings of the voices of 100 BBC announcers. No women were auditioned, said a BBC spokesman, because "experience shows that a large number of people do not like momentous or serious events . . . read by the female voice."


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