After recently being faced with accusations of ageism, the BBC has announced that they are searching for a new newscaster, and they want a woman over the age of 50.
Recently, the BBC replaced Arlene Philips, the 66-year-old judge on Strictly Come Dancing, with Alesha Dixon, 30, reports the BBC. In 2007, the BBC denied reports that Moira Stuart was forced out because of her age. And in 2006, Anna Ford, then 62, left the BBC after 30 years, saying that she felt she was going to be pushed out due to her age. "I might have been shovelled off into News 24 to the sort of graveyard shift, and I wouldn't have wanted to do that because it wouldn't have interested me," she said. She adds that the BBC was still hiring new staff, "because they are younger." "I think that's specifically one of the reasons why they're being employed," she said.
Broadcaster and government adviser Dame Joan Bakewell says she is "really gratified" with the BBC's decision to reach out to their older viewers. "We get lots of jowly white-haired men - that's no inhibitor of employment for them - but it seems to have been eliminator for women until now," she said. "I'm glad it's changing."
BBC Seeks Older Female Newscaster [BBC]
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