BBC accused of ageism and tokenism by newsreader

A former newsreader has accused the BBC of ageism and tokenism in its attitude to older women presenting mainstream programmes.

Anna Ford, who is a former journalist for the BBC and ITN, made her comments when she was a guest on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4.

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Police officers could be forced to retire

Police Officer

Police Officers

Following the abolition of the default retirement age, most people have the right to choose when they wish to stop working.

But due to a law which would be seen as age discrimination in any other industry, police officers who have served for 30 years or more face the possibility of being forced to retire.

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Younger workers showing signs of age discrimination

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Older workers

As the current economic slump continues and young people are finding it harder to find employment, there are signs that ageism might be starting to develop between different groups of workers.

New research suggests younger workers are becoming increasingly frustrated at their lack of job opportunities and a growing number are starting to blame the older generation.

The research by home and care provider, Anchor, shows that 14% of 18-24 year olds in Britain believe that older workers should retire to make way for the new generation.

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