Joan Bakewell, at 76, is this country's 'Ageism Tsar', has criticised the B.B.C. for getting rid of women news presenters once they reach the age of 50.
News Readers :
Moira Stewart : retired off at 57
Anna Ford : left at 62,claiming she faced being sidelined
because of her age.
Also, 'Strictly Come Dancing' Judge :
Arlene Phillips : laid off at 66 and replaced by 30 year old Alesha Dixon.
Still there, the men -
'News Night' presenters :
Jeremy Paxman : 59
Gavin Esler : 56
Also working for the BBC, the broadcasters :
John Simpson : 64
John Humphrys : 66
Meanwhile in the U.S.A. Barbara Walters who became the anchor of N.B.C.'s 'Today' 48 years ago still has a show on ABC at 79. Diane Sawyer, presenter of ABC's 'Good Morning America' is 63 and in France, Christine Ockrent is still on 'France 24' at the age of 65.