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Jan. 11th, 2011 | 03:44 pm
posted by: secretrebel in feminism_lives

Countryfile's Miriam O'Reilly wins BBC ageism claim (link to Guardian website).

The BBC's response is positively weasel-like. According to the GUardian article their response was:

In light of the tribunal's ruling, the BBC said it would give additional training to senior editorial executives and issue new guidance on the fair selection of presenters. The findings "raise questions that need to be addressed by the whole industry", the corporation added.

"We accept the findings of the tribunal and would like to apologise to Miriam. We will be speaking to her," said the BBC in a statement today.

"The BBC is committed to fair selection in every aspect of our work and we clearly did not get it right in this case.

"We will ensure that senior editorial executives responsible for these kind of decisions in the BBC undergo additional training in the selection and appointment of presenters, and produce new guidance on fair selection for presenter appointments...


I'm not sure why the Grauniad is quoting "The BBC" here, as though corporations could speak. The person who made that statement is the vile Alan Yentob. I know this because I stoatily saw him saying it (on BBC news, which added a frisson of amusement).

Sadly not the first time and unlikely to be the last that women are dropped from the BBC in defiance of age-related discrimination being illegal. And who believes that the promised training is going to transpire?
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The Woman Who Would Have Thunder in her Heart

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from: alitheapipkin
date: Jan. 11th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
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Humph. Even if the training does transpire, it isn't going to do much if they do it on sufferance and don't really change the culture :( Call me cynical but that reads to me like they are mostly sorry to have got caught and want to make it harder for such accusations to stick rather than really challenge the cult of youth.

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the little creep

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from: nyarbaggytep
date: Jan. 11th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Reads that way to me too.

Glad she won though.

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Secret Rebel

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from: secretrebel
date: Jan. 11th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking "it's illegal, stop doing it" which appears to be equally hard for them to grasp.

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