LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An effort is underway in Arkansas to stop a radio station's annual "Babe Bracket," in which listeners vote on 16 female television anchors in a beauty and popularity contest sponsored by a lingerie shop.
The contest coincides with the NCAA "March Madness" basketball championship, and women advance through a tournament-like bracket. A TV news director who previously supported the contest now says it fails to recognize women's accomplishments. A woman anchor says it is outdated in a year of uproar over sexual harassment. But a past winner says the exposure helped her promote a charity.
The contest has been a Little Rock radio fixture for two decades and organizers said Friday they expect to continue. Host David Bazzel says women who don't want to be included will be left out.