This is pretty crummy. We're glad that they're taking responsibility - as they rightfully should.
The BBC has been found guilty of age discrimination after a female anchor with more than 20 years of experience took them to court for being being unfairly fired earlier last year!
Miriam O'Reilly worked as an anchor on the BBC1 rural affairs program Countryfile. When network controller Jay Hunt moved the program to a weekday primetime slot, she and two other female presenters were replaced with younger talent, despite the show's older men anchors successfully making the transition.
O'Reilly claimed in the employment tribunal that managers thought that she was "too old" for prime time, and even offered her hair dye to make her appear younger!
Luckily, in light of the ruling, she is expected to receive a significant payout, and a spokesperson for the BBC has released the following statement:
"We accept the findings of the tribunal and would like to apologize to Miriam. We will be speaking to her. We would like to acknowledge the important contribution Miriam has made to the BBC over more than 20 years and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss working with her again in the future."
Well, we're glad steps are being taken to rectify the situation, but that doesn't excuse this even happening to begin with!
May this never happen again!
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