Ageism and Sexism at the BBC

David Batty at the Guardian wrote yesterday that the BBC director-general, Mark Thompson, conceded that there are not enough older females on screen at the BBC. Thompson also said that although there has been an increase in the number of older women employed at the BBC, this change has not been applied to the screen. He argued that in order to reverse this trend as well as the public perception that women about 55 are invisible on television, the BBC must

… develop and cherish its many outstanding female staff and ensure that they know age will not be a bar to their future employment at the corporation.