Older Women on TV

I was a little ahead of the curve on this one – I wrote this letter to the Independent before the fuss over the removal of a female BBC CountryFile presenter on age grounds:

Sirs,

I find it difficult to believe that I am alone in getting very irritated at the whiny older women who complain so bitterly about being under-represented on television these days.

Someone really should point out to them that the reason their management specifically, and the public in general, have lost interest in them is not because of their gender and not because of their age, but because of their whining. It’s boring!

Rantzen, O’Reilly, Philips, Scott and the like all forgot that they were here to keep us entertained, not be part of some misguided sexist campaign on behalf of their own small demographic. I miss Moira Stuart, though, who was dropped because her cut-glass delivery was at variance to the regionalisation of the BBC and not for any other reason.

Older women will always be under-represented on television for as long as the chips on their shoulders are bigger than the public’s interest in them. Lose the chips and they might be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

Paul Harper

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These posts represent the collected thought of Paul Harper. Usually rants, occasionally lucid, always easily ignored. Read, don't read, your call!

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