Another TV presenter told she was not young or pretty enough for prime-time
Charlotte Smith, 46, said she and three colleagues were ‘let go’ when the Countryfile programme moved to an evening slot from Sunday mornings.
Smith said the belief that she and colleagues Miriam O’Reilly, Juliet Morris and Michaela Strachan were dumped because of their age was held by others on their production team, reports the Evening Standard.
In a case which WVON has been following, the BBC head of rural affairs Andrew Thorman admitted the presenters had contributed to the high ratings which had led to the promotion of the show to a primetime slot.
He said presenters’ looks were considered: “It is TV and whether we like it or not it does play a role, but not a significant role that rules out all the other strengths or experience. I suspect that there was much more to it than how someone looked.” Yes, like they were female, vocal and not male.