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SBD Global/July 19, 2013/Media
Culture Secretary Maria Miller Says BBC Must Take Action Over 'Sexist' Sports Coverage
Published July 19, 2013
TIMING IS EVERYTHING: In London, Jane Martinson wrote on the GUARDIAN's The Women's Blog "the cynical among you may point out that this intervention is a bit late (the comments were made two weeks ago), were published on the front page of the Daily Mail, a paper with its own interesting view of women, and comes from a government not known for its firm stance on equality issues, but none of these entirely obscures the central point." Miller attacking the BBC "may not be a story," but Miller attacking "the broadcaster for its sexist sports coverage is a very good story indeed." Coming just a few days after Miller criticized the fact that the Open Championship is held at a club that refuses to allow women to become members, her letter "suggests that she may be getting serious about the Olympic legacy that was supposed to increase participation in sport." Nowhere "is this increased participation needed more than among women and girls" (GUARDIAN, 7/18).