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BBC seeks over 50s female newsreader



The BBC is looking for an over 50s female presenter for its news broadcasts after previously being accused of ageism.

The BBC has responded to claims that it is biased against older presenters by beginning a search for an over 50s female newscaster.

BBC News director Helen Boaden and director general Mark Thompson will be initiating the search of the newsreader, who will follow in the footsteps of older female presenters such as Moira Stuart and Anna Ford.

This comes after the corporation recently came under criticism for being ageist following the replacement of 66-year-old Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips with Alesha Dixon, 30.

Weakest Link presenter Anne Robinson was among the BBC's critics, telling the Radio Times that many younger presenters are getting top media jobs for their looks instead of their talent.

However, the broadcaster is now looking to change this by seeking an older woman to present the news, which it claims will help to broaden the range of presenters on TV.

A BBC spokesman said that the corporation has a responsibility to "ensure we reflect the public we serve".



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