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BBC in trouble again (ageism)

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HereMeRoar Tue 11-Jan-11 19:25:46

Apologies if there's already a thread on this, I didn't spot one!

The BBC aren't having the best couple of weeks are they? full story here

"Former Countryfile presenter Miriam O'Reilly said she did the right thing in "standing up" to the BBC after she won an age discrimination case against the corporation."

"Ms O'Reilly was axed along with Charlotte Smith, Juliet Morris and Michaela Strachan - all women in their 40s and 50s - when a "refreshed" Countryfile moved to the new timeslot.

Former BBC One controller Jay Hunt, 43, claimed that the women were axed as prime time faces were needed for the new show to work.

But her explanations were rejected after it emerged that at least one of the presenters who replaced the women, Jules Hudson, did not have the prime time profile that bosses claimed was part of the criteria for the new cast.

The tribunal found in favour of Ms O'Reilly after it heard she was told by a producer that she was "going to have to be careful about those wrinkles" when HD television came in and that it would be "crunch time" for her BBC career.

She was also offered black hair dye by a camerman and told "it's time for botox" when she voiced conerns about visible signs of aging to director Louise Pyne."

She did also claim sex discrimination, but I'm not sure why that was dismissed confused.

It's good to see large organisations being held to account for this sort of awful behaviour towards women who aren't even that old!

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 11-Jan-11 20:35:39

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inkyfingers Tue 11-Jan-11 21:05:10

So pleased for her. She should claim max damages for loss of earnings and give BBC a kick up the backside. How dare they keep all the old men on the box and tell women they need botox (oh look here's someone aged 24 who doesn't have a clue about the 'countryside' but looks hot).

I bet they have a raft of equal ops policies and policies on regional accents/BME people in soaps blah, blah (fantastic), but keep the 'older ladies' - Miriam's 52 FGS - on the box. Don't they have shedloads of experience by any chance?

HereMeRoar Tue 11-Jan-11 22:54:35

Thanks for the link smile

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