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Ageism topic is strictly not growing old

Posted on: 19/07/2009

The BBC is being accused of ageism in the replacement of their Strictly Come Dancing show judge 66-year-old Arlene Phillips  by Alesha Dixon, 30. Ageism is not good, but it is good that it is on the media, public and government agendas. Why?

The media is an interesting beast: it reports on issues affecting organisations, but often seems ‘above the law’ under their own roof. With an ageing population, increased redundancies (in the media) often affecting people over 50, and a free speech society, it could be that the pot is about to boil over. We need to have an open, clear (plain language) discussion and ensure all are protected.

The ageism issue in media and the workplace is like the issue of movie roles for older actresses in the film industry. If you do a surf around the media it seems older male newsreaders are in vogue, and older female news readers are invisible. We can no longer dance around this topic. It is going to take centre stage.

Let’s hope Arlene’s army of supporters take this battle to a legal and rightful conclusion – and all the lessons learned (an overused phrase I realise) have an impact.

‘You’re never too old’ . I hope not!


BBC special web coverage of ageism laws (2007 July 17)

Guardian reports BBC denies allegations of ageism


1 Response to "Ageism topic is strictly not growing old"

Thanks for this. Ageism is alive and well, despite the new legislation!

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