Friday, 17 July 2009

Strictly ageism

This week it was announced that Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley (44) is being replaced by Fearne Cotton (27) .
Hot on the (sparkly) heels of Arlene Phillips' sacking from Strictly Come Dancing, where the 66-year-old has been replaced by Alesha Dixon (30), this smacks of astonishing ageism and sexism.
Given the BBC is a publicly-funded organisation, they have a duty to behave responsibly in all issues, but particularly when it comes to employment law.
As far as I know, it's illegal to get rid of people on the grounds that there's a younger, better-looking model waiting in the wings. I hope Arlene and Jo fight this all the way.

1 comment:

  1. I've got to be honest, Liz, I've always found Jo Whiley incredibly dull and worthy.