A new survey has found that women are underrepresented on UK radio.
Only 19 per cent of songs in the top 100 airplay chart from January 1 to August 15 were by women artists, in comparison to 51 per cent by men and 30 per cent by mixed gender collaborations.
Another finding was that only 10 per cent of the most played songs on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6 Music were by women, with a slightly higher figure of 14 per cent on BBC Radio 1Xtra.
A Radio 1 spokesperson said it is "committed to doing more to support and celebrate a diverse range of music across our platforms, from festival slots right through to the playlist, with an average of 45% of playlisted songs featuring female artists”.
Singer Becky Hill (pictured) said: “Whether it is about what they look like or what they write about in their songs, or how they conduct their day-to-day lives, it would appear that women need to be more than just talented to be accepted and successful.”
The survey - the Gender Disparity Data report - was undertaken by music industry consultant Linda Coogan Byrne and Nadia Khan of Women In CTRL.
Dave Turner is Mixmag's Commercial Content Editor, follow him on Twitter