Jun 14, 2016 11:20 AM EDT

BBC News Boss: Women Lack Confidence When Applying For Reporting Jobs

By Jane Reed

The BBC is known to be one of the most outstanding reporting companies. It's a network that generates readership through extensive and diverse content. It employs hundreds of workers in different departments. To note, Laura Kuenssberg is an on-air editor at BBC and she is only one of the few women in a top reporting role.

Recently, women are emerging in different industries and taking over tasks dominated by men. However, according to the Telegraph, the BBC is finding it difficult to attract women in their top reporting roles because they lack confidence at work.

Jonathan Munro has indicated that women now held six of BBC's top 15 reporting posts. These posts were dominated by men more than three years ago. However, he is seeing very capable women who are not pursuing these posts because they don't have the confidence to do so.

Katya Adler is another woman in the top ranks. She is the broadcaster's Europe editor who Munro described as having a "fresh new tone of voice."

The four other women to hold one of the 15 coveted on-air editor positions are Sarah Smith, the Scotland editor, Carrie Gracie, the China Editor, education editor Branwen Jeffreys, and Lucy Manning, whose role as special correspondent is considered an editor-level post.

Munro, who is the head of news gathering, explained that in the past, male executives have been guilty of "unconscious bias." They have hired men who reflect themselves. "Appointments we made over the years were people hiring in the image of themselves. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. I don't think people realised they were being biased, but the evidence was pretty strong," said Munro.

Munro hopes to see women fill the top ranks. He aims to help women reach their potential within BBC. Even Pauline Cafferkey noted on Twitter that there are talented women all around the corporation. Munro hopes to see changes.

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