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Conrad Liveris is all too happy to say toodle pip to the Sun’s infamous “Page Three Birds”, although he notes we’ve still got a long way to go before there is true equality in the newsroom…
Fleet Street papers do not have the best rep.
They are disrespected because of their tabloid culture and masses of controversial articles.
Still, people buy them.
The Sun, leading the pack of the less desirables, has announced that its infamous Page Three girls will now be a relic of yesteryear.
What more could one want with their news than a “side of boob”?
The old joke goes that the Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; the Guardian by people who think they ought to run the country; the Times by people who actually run the country; and, the Financial Times by those who own the country.
And The Sun?
Those readers don’t care who runs it, so long as there are DD tits on page three.
The overt sexism that is Page Three is thankfully dying. I mean, where would I find a naked man alongside articles about war and the economy ?
Recently, I was speaking with a journalist for a major daily paper who said that newsrooms were more equal than ever before.
That might be true, but there is still a long way to go.
The Sun in London might seem distant, but what about the ageing men on our TV screens alongside a much younger blonde woman?
The vast majority of editors, producers and presenters in Australian media are male.
We can all laugh about Page Three girls being a relic, but let’s not forget our own misgivings.
Now I am sitting here thinking: how bad could the cultures of these organisations that allow topless women in prime position really be?
I don’t think I want to know.