December 23, 2009 Leave a comment
The BBC is reported to be offering new contracts to women aged over 50 following suggestions that it discriminates against older females. Maxine Mawhinney is currently the only female BBC news presenter in her fifties although the organisation is now believed to be in talks with Julia Somerville, 62, Fiona Armstrong, 53, and Zeinab Badawi, 50.
It’s good to see the Beeb is finally doing something to address this indefensible state of affairs – although unfortunately positive discrimination is just another version of age discrimination.
It would be satisfying if Julia, Fiona and Zeinab told them where to put their job offers and could sashay off to accept better offers elsewhere. That, of course, would depend on the commercial channels recognising a definite market opportunity…