Leading ZDF Gerster: Audience gets used to gender

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Fewer and fewer complaints – the audience “gets used” to the floor

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Gerster criticizes that there are still too few women in news films Gerster criticizes that there are still too few women in news films

Petra Gerster criticizes that there are still too few women in news films

Source: pa / dpa / dpa-Central / Jens Kalaene

After its first broadcast with conversational gender stars, about 60 people complained, says ZDF presenter Peter Gerster. “Bad letters” were written mostly by men. Meanwhile, however, he gets used to it.

NAccording to ZDF presenter “Today” Petri Gerster, viewers are already accustomed to the gender of the news language. “After my first show with gender stars in October, about 60 people complained.

That’s a lot, “said Gerster from Berlin “Taz” (Monday). Mostly men wrote her “bad letters”. “Complaints about the broadcast are now only in the unambiguous range, so you need to get used to it,” the 65-year-old journalist added.

Gerster criticized that there were still too few women in the news films.

On the one hand, this is due to the still male-dominated reality that journalists have to portray, but often it is “simple and convenient”. In the first few months of the crown pandemic, only virologists and epidemiologists expressed their views, and it seemed that it was an exclusively male domain.

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“We now know better and are increasingly meeting with a crown expert on a talk show,” said Gerster, who moderated the Today news for 23 years and will retire in the spring. And further: “You just need to look for competent women, because they often do not push themselves to the forefront, and it costs time and effort.”

In the meantime, gender-equitable language is becoming increasingly popular in journalistic use. However, this issue is still under discussion.

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