MADCAP BBC bosses have stunned staff after banning all men from a regional radio station today to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Their decision has infuriated staff, who said they are outraged at the “ludicrous decision” to banish all blokes from the airwaves.
High-profile presenters at BBC Newcastle, including breakfast legend Alfie Joey, who has hosted the show for over a decade, has been replaced with a female host – despite the fact some of them have never worked on a radio show before.
Men have also been cut from the BBC regional station’s playlists for 24 hours.
A source said: “This is so offensive not only to the professional DJ’s who are being paid not to work but also all women.
“To imply women don’t like listening to male artists is ludicrous.
“Surely the point of women’s day isn’t to ban men? Imagine the outrage if it was the other way round.”
Barmy chiefs have even ruled out male callers ringing in, regardless of whether they may be licence fee payers or not.
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Comedian Chris Ramsay’s wife Rosie Winter has been called up to host one of BBC Radio Newcastle’s slots and the prestigious drive-time slot has been given to a woman who currently works on hospital radio.
The station has also replaced their male voice over artist with a woman.
Bosses attempted to bring in one big female name to the station, with BBC Six Music host Lauren Laverne pre-recording a show which will air first thing this morning.
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