- Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:13 am
Mr Red was reading out to me some of the fuss people are making online about the closure of XFM and the Radio X lineup. Now I could never listen to London XFM so I have no idea whether it's worth missing, but Manchester XFM is pretty awful, so I have no idea what they're complaining about.
The cries of sexism cos it's an all male lineup are what's really bugging me though. For a start, they've only announced four DJs, we have no idea about nighttimes or weekends yet. Also, whilst there may be an issue with fewer women getting into radio (I don't know any statistics on that), that's hardly Radio X's problem - they haven't chosen Moyles to be sexist, they've chosen him because they're launching a new station and hello, 10 million potential listeners. I'm a strident feminist and will call out sexism wherever I see it, and I like to hope that my love of Moyles wouldn't cloud my judgement on this, but i really think people are making a fuss over something that may be a symptom of a problem, but isn't a problem in itself.
The argument has even carried over into their playlist, which we barely know anything about yet. XFM's existing playlist is very male-dominated, so that will probably continue - could they address that with some positive skewing towards female acts? Probably. Are they at fault that so few female indie/rock acts exist in the first place? Nope.
These are people who just love to find things online to whinge about, but I'm willing to bet never contribute to being a solution. Was I upset when Moyles left R1? Yep. I cried twice on the day of the final show. Did I take to facebook to piss and moan about it? No. We made the tribute book, we shared our grief here, and then I accepted it and moved on. I even saw a comment likening XFM's closure to a death - so disrespectful. It's a radio station! Gah, I can't with these people.
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