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BBC declares panda woman of the year

The BBC has ignited its second sexism spat in the space of a month by choosing a panda as one of its 12 female faces of the year.

world Updated: Dec 30, 2011 01:31 IST

The BBC has ignited its second sexism spat in the space of a month by choosing a panda as one of its 12 female faces of the year.

Last week, it was criticised for choosing its annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year from an enirely male shortlist.

The decision to include the face of Tian Tian (Sweetie), a female panda whose arrival at Edinburgh Zoo on loan from China generated huge publicity earlier this month, has provoked a storm of angry tweets, including one from former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.