BBC News Told to Put Older Women on TV

Moira Stuart: the BBC was accused of ageism after she was dropped as a news presenter in 2007. Photograph: BBCRedTracker| The Guardian UK reports that Mark Thompson, the BBC director general, has hold Helen Boaden, the director of BBC news to hire a new presenter to better reflect the varied ages and backgrounds of viewers. Specifically, Thompson has called on every BBC director to examine whether their departments should ahve more mature women presenters.

Broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell, the Brit’s “voice of older people” said “We get lots of jowly white-haired men – that’s no inhibitor of employment for them – but it seems to have been [an] eliminator for women until now. I’m glad it’s changing.”