Sky News announced that it will be marking International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March with a day of female-led broadcasting. From sunrise to midnight, the news channel will be presented and produced exclusively by women in support of the globally renowned day, which honours the economic, political and social achievements of women with hundreds of events around the world.
The day will feature Sky News’ key female presentation talent with all strands of programming, including bulletins, business, sport, and weather being presented by women. Their producers will be women, as will the duty editors of Sky News Radio and Sky News Online.
Anna Botting, Gillian Joseph, Kay Burley, and Anna Jones will head up the cast of news presenters on the rolling news channel. For Sky News’ flagship business programme, Dharshini David will take over Jeff Randall’s seat in the Gherkin; and Jacquie Beltrao, Sarah Jane Mee, and Karthi Gnanasegaram will front the sports bulletins.
John Ryley, Head of Sky News said of the initiative: “Sky News is constantly pushing the boundaries and we are delighted to be marking this important day in this way with our talented women journalists. Editorially, it will be interesting to see what we cover, but we will ask the question we always do – what is of most relevance to our viewers? “
Online, Kirsty Donald will be in the pivotal position as News Editor, backed up by Kate Sullivan as her Chief Sub Editor.
On Sky News Radio Kat Wright will oversee the highest rating bulletin of the week at 08.00am, read by Rachel Hardiman. Sky News Radio also provides the news bulletins for Magic 105.4FM and Verity Geere will be reading the news on Neil Fox’s Breakfast Show, Liz Lane will be editing the afternoon and evening news, with Kelly Withers reading the Magic news bulletins. Ursula Hansford will be reading the Sky News Radio bulletin which is syndicated to commercial radio stations nationwide.
International Women’s Day 2010 will be celebrated somewhat differently in County Limerick this year as three men take centre stage at an event entitled “Men’s Voices…Men’s Stories”.
The unique event will be held at the Newcastle West Public Library on March 8th and will feature the widely published and popular poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice, international singer and storyteller Colm Sands and the acclaimed Sean-nós dancer Seosamh O Neachtain.
For over 25 years, International Women’s Day has been marked in Newcastle West with events that have focussed on and celebrated women’s lives, creativity and achievements. Organised by Limerick County Council under the auspices of Newcastle West Library and the County Arts Office in conjunction with Newcastle West Arts Committee, this annual event has stimulated, entertained and drawn large appreciative audiences down through the years.
According to Limerick County Arts Officer Joan Mac Kernan: “I think people may be surprised, interested, even amused that we have given the one day that is an international platform for women over to our male brethren this year. But being the generous magnanimous sex that we are, we thought we would shine the spotlight on men, their lives and their creativity”.
Explaining the format of the upcoming celebratory event, Newcastle West Librarian Aileen Dillane said: “We have a trio of talented and might I say brave men taking to the stage on March 8th. The evening will weave in and out between poetry, song, story and dance, and with Seosamh accompanied by Colm Gannon on accordion, it promises to be a foot tapping, uplifting and energising event. And we might even have a bar of Bread and Roses, the International Women’s Day anthem”.
“An open invitation is extended to everyone, both sisters and brothers, to join the celebrations on Monday evening, March 8th in the library Newcastle West at 8.00pm. Admission is free”, concluded Ms. Dillane.
Further information is available from the Limerick County Council Arts Office on 061-496498.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Erris Local Area Network opposing violence against women is holding an event titled Speak Out on Wednesday March 10 at 1pm in the arts centre.
Women are invited to speak for one minute about themselves or an issue that matters to them.
Each woman’s piece will begin with “I am a woman/girl/female…” after that it is up to you what you wish to say.
A practice session will be arranged a week before the event. Women who would like to speak should contact Rose or Leanne on 097 20828 or drop into Iorras Le Chéile, Main Street, Belmullet, Co Mayo