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Telegraph Refers To Top BBC Job Candidate As "Mother Of Three"

A lot of people are unhappy about a headline the newspaper carried yesterday.

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The big media news over the weekend is that Rona Fairhead, former CEO of the Financial Times Group, is the government's preferred candidate to become chairman of the BBC Trust, the BBC's governing body.

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Here she is being made a CBE by the Queen in 2012.

She spent seven years in charge of FT Group, which makes profits of £55 million a year, steering it through some of the most turbulent times in its history, and has also worked at ICI, Bain Consulting, and Morgan Stanley.

She holds non-executive director roles at The Economist Group and HSBC, and is an independent director at PepsiCo. She has a first-class degree in law from Cambridge and has 30 years in British business on her CV.

And this is how The Sunday Telegraph covered the news yesterday:

@EverydaySexism this wouldn't have been the headline if it was a man! Shame on the telegraph.

Lucy Goldsmith@wvhtlucy

@EverydaySexism this wouldn't have been the headline if it was a man! Shame on the telegraph.

11:32 AM - 31 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Telegraph's online story is very different. Columnist Joan Bakewell was positive about the appointment.

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This was late-breaking news on Saturday night, and the paper's decision to only cover it as a NIB (news in brief) item doesn't leave much flexibility for sub-editors to write headlines.

But in any case, a lot of people are angry at what they see as sexist treatment of a major business figure.

"Mother of three poised to lead the BBC," reads Sunday Telegraph headline on my iPad. Would it have read "Father of three" if it was a man?

Annette Hardy@Annette1Hardy

"Mother of three poised to lead the BBC," reads Sunday Telegraph headline on my iPad. Would it have read "Father of three" if it was a man?

11:36 AM - 31 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Daily Mail 1964: "Oxford Housewife Wins Nobel" Sunday Telegraph 2014: "Mother of three poised to lead the BBC" @EverydaySexism

Dr Paul Coxon@paulcoxon

Daily Mail 1964: "Oxford Housewife Wins Nobel"
Sunday Telegraph 2014: "Mother of three poised to lead the BBC" @EverydaySexism

11:50 AM - 31 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sunday Telegraph headline: 'Mother of three poised to lead the BBC'. Don't recall them headlining number of kids Lord Patten had fathered.

Kevin Morton@KevinMorton1966

Sunday Telegraph headline: 'Mother of three poised to lead the BBC'. Don't recall them headlining number of kids Lord Patten had fathered.

2:57 PM - 31 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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