The BBC is reportedly planning to put more women on screen.

BBC planning to put more women on screen

BBC planning to put more women on screen

The broadcaster is said to be taking action after it was noted that in current schedules, only men present Saturday night entertainment across both the BBC and ITV and is a "tad embarrassed" at the findings, especially following the success of Claudia WInkleman and Tess Daly fronting 'Strictly Come Dancing' in the run-up to Christmas.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: The Beeb’s very proud to have its biggest show hosted by two hugely talented, high-profile women.

“Tess and Claudia’s popularity on 'Strictly' is proof you don’t need leading men to guarantee a hit show.

“It is also pleased to say it had the first two female hosts of a big show — Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins fronting 'The Great British Bake Off 'when it was on the Beeb. But it is also a tad embarrassed by the fact that, when the dance show isn’t airing, almost all of its other big weekly shows are not fronted by female talent."

Since the onset of the new year, BBC One's Saturday night schedule has been dominated by 'Gladiators' - which is hosted by father-and-son duo Bradley and Barney Walsh - as well as Michael McIntyre's 'The Wheel' and 'The Weakest Link', which is presented by Romesh Ranganathan.

Meanwhile over on ITV on Saturday night, there was 'Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway', Lee Mack with 'The 1% Club', followed by T'he Jonathan Ross Show'.

The insider added: "It’s not a deliberate move, just an unfortunate coincidence.

“But it’s one they really want to tackle moving forward, whether that’s utilising existing stars or finding new ones. If it can achieve that, it knows it will have stolen a march on its arch rivals over at ITV."