CNN presenter Brooke Baldwin spoke out against gender disparities at the highest levels of the network ahead of her departure this month.
“I’ve been wet for over 10 years, most of that time two hours in the afternoon. And at that point, you know, the most influential anchors in our network, the highest paid, are the men, ”Baldwin said in an episode of the“ On the Issues With Michele Goodwin ”podcast this week. “My bosses, my executives are men. The person who oversees CNN Dayside is male, and my executive producer for 10 years is male. So I was surrounded by a lot of men.
“I think that is changing, I know that it is changing just by looking at some of the faces that are appearing more and more on our channel,” she added.
The Wrap analyzed weekday cable news broadcasts on major networks in 2018 and reported that CNN had significantly fewer women in visible on-air roles than its competitors. The network’s prime-time programming is dominated by men.
A CNN representative did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment.
Being surrounded by men in the network had an effect on the stories of women being told, Baldwin said.
“I haven’t been told much,” she said.
But she was starting to see more women in power, she said, highlighting the network’s female executives at the head of its digital and information-gathering divisions.
“So little by little, having women in places of power, and I was arguing behind the scenes, not just in front … that’s how you then have stories that reflect who they are,” he said. she declared.
“But we still have a long way to go. I want more women in the room.
Baldwin has been on the network for 13 years and announced his departure in February. She said her decision to move on was influenced by her new book, “Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power,” and the pioneering women she interviewed for it.
“I couldn’t keep the space with these women and be the bravest version of myself. And while my entire time at CNN has been amazing on many levels … I know I have to move on for myself, ”she said.
In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, CNN has temporarily changed its programming, extending Jake Tapper’s 4-hour schedule, “The Lead,” to 6 p.m. and removing Baldwin’s show from the schedule. She returned in November.
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