Isn't it marvellous that she's won the case? She interviewed me once for Woman's Hour, standing in for Jenni Murray and was absolutely professional and lovely.
The sad thing is everyone who has ever worked for the BBC knows they are obsessed with 'diversity' and youth and the place is run by short, middle aged white men, but it's taken Miriam to stand up and prove it. I'm delighted. Although depressingly the blogsphere is already filling up with 'oh so we'll have lots of old, ugly people on telly now?' FFS.
What they mean is 'old women' - there are already shedloads of men on telly with faces like melted wellies.
I had written a WH comedy/drama about the history of girls comics: Girl, Bunty, Jackie etc and the commissioning ed thought it would be a good idea to interview me and a 'comics expert' on the subject!
And one of the most telling points raised by the tribunal is this: The discrimination was not justified. The wish to appeal to a prime-time audience, including younger viewers, is a legitimate aim. However, we do not accept that it has been established that choosing younger presenters is required to appeal to such an audience
So the BBC (run by white, middle aged - short - that's very important) men are obsessed with youth but their get-rid-of-the menopausal-old-bat-and-stick-a-pretty-face-in-ther e-instead formula doesn't get the audiences in. Julian Fellowes, the Oscar winning script writer, has said that television executives are 'obsessed with this mythical youth audience,' whereas the average age of the televison watcher is 52. Drama in particular is watched by older people, but ask any script writer and they will tell you the first words out of the executives' mouths will be: 'Can we cast young?'