Maria Miller MP, the chair of the parliamentary women and equalities select committee, has called on the BBC to appoint a female host for Question Time. To date, the show has only been presented by men.
As reported in The Guardian this week, Ms Miller said: “There’s a great opportunity for the BBC to use their existing women presenters.” She suggested Emily Maitlis would make a ‘fantastic’ follow-up act to David Dimbleby, who will leave the show later this year.
BBC Front Row host Samira Ahmed has openly put herself forward for the role on Twitter:
I have 2 awards for journalism, 28 years in the broadcast news biz, including 11 at C4 News, currently presenting @newswatchbbc & @BBCFrontRow & an honorary fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford. I’m v well qualified to present @bbcquestiontime & I’d like to be seriously considered.
— Samira Ahmed (@SamiraAhmedUK) June 18, 2018
The BBC may actually bow to public pressure; it’s still sore over last summer’s equal pay scandal. A female presenter in this highly prestigious role could be seen as a step in the direction of fairness.