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BBC seeks older female news reader

By Reuters Staff
September 24, 2009

FORSYTHUnder fire for its perceived unfairness to older women presenters, the BBC says it is now actively trying to recruit a female newsreader over 50.

The age-old issue flared up two years ago when Moira Stuart was axed by the BBC amid accusations that she was forced out because she was in her late 50s.

It resurfaced when the Corporation was forced to deny accusations of ageism after replacing “Strictly Come Dancing” judge Arlene Phillips, 66, with former winner Alesha Dixon, 30. Presenter Bruce Forsyth turned 81 in February.

The BBC itself bristles at suggestions it sidelines older women.

Says a BBC spokesman: “News has a pretty good story to tell with Kirsty Wark, Martha Kearney and Maxine Mawhinney all flourishing — as well as highly experienced women out in the field like Bridget Kendall, Caroline Wyatt and Orla Guerin.”

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Maybe they ought to just see if Moira wants her job back? She was brilliant. Seems to be a bit of shutting the door after the horse has bolted going on.

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