Dimbleby: Ageism in TV is a 'crazy waste of talent'

Question Time presenter David Dimbleby has entered the debate about ageism and sexism in TV.

Speaking to the Radio Times, he said:

There is a section among television executives who are always being hammered - quite wrongly in my view - to get the biggest possible audience, and [they are told] attractive young women will bring in a bigger audience than less attractive, older women - to say nothing of less attractive older men, like me.

That's the way the TV - not just the BBC - industry works. And I think it's wrong. If you look at American TV you'll find it keeps women at work. They use their experience in that same way that they would use John Simpson's experience or mine, such as it is. It's just a cultural shift that's needed. And I agree that it is demeaning to women and I also think it's a crazy loss of talent.

Read: Older women 'disappear from TV' - Labour survey

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Dimbleby criticises ageism in TV

TV veteran David Dimbleby has criticised the BBC and other broadcasters for demeaning older women.