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Older TV presenters facing discrimination, says Robinson



Anne Robinson has criticised the limited number of opportunities available for over 50s on TV.

Watchdog presenter Anne Robinson has become the latest figure to decry the lack of roles on TV for over 50s.

The 64-year-old Weakest Link star has suggested that the industry has become "ageist and sexist", stating that older people and men are finding it harder to land presenting and acting roles compared to attractive females.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Robinson stated that "there are a lot of pretty young things with not much talent appearing on television here" purely on account of their age and looks.

She added that she felt that she herself might be replaced if a younger host could be found with her "experience and wit".

This comes after a recent poll by Age Concern and Help the Aged revealed that 80 per cent of those questioned believed that older people are being discriminated against by TV bosses.

Moreover, 71 per cent of those polled stated they wished to see more of older presenters such as Arlene Phillips, who was recently axed from Strictly Come Dancing in favour of the much younger Alesha Dixon.



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