Monday, 13 February 2012

Why Women in the News is no Grey Area

Have you watched British News Broadcasts lately?  Or for that matter,  the bulk of British terrestrial TV?  Spotted many women with grey hair?  No?  Spotted many men with grey hair - yes?  I thought so.  Here are some of the female faces  past and present, that were in key roles on our TVs.  One thing they have in common, yep, they are all gorgeous, and yep, none of them, despite their age are even remotely grey whilst in their high profile positions.

Much loved and admired Kate Adie - hard as nails - now seems to have 'hair for radio'.  Her hair looks lovely too.

Moira Stewart - disappeared from TV news just as her male contemporaries moved into prime anchor positions.

Emily Maitlis - her influential role may mean she is under pressure to  keep the greys away.,

Ruth Langsford - much loved  TV show host and wife of Eammon Holmes.  She has said on her show This Morning that she is as 'grey as a badger'.  Ruth would look stunning if she let her grey grow though.

Sian Williams - still presenting BBC Breakfast News, but how long before she's passed over for a younger presenter?

British TV is awash with highly respected older news journalists and TV presenters with a fine head of gorgeous grey hair - there's on other thing they all have in common.  They are all men.  Here are some of them:  

Pip Scholfield - who recently admitted on his prime time show that his old employers the BBC, had suggested he dye his hair when the silver began to show.  He left - good for him, he looks great.

Trever MacDonald - a British Institution in Broadcasting.

Cheeky old Eammon Holmes, co-host This Morning with his wife Ruth.

Jon Snow - hugely respected anchor for the Channel 4 News.  

The Paxman - unafraid of anyone.

Huw Edwards, lovely Welsh accent presenting the BBC news.

Jonathan Dimbleby - another British journalist generations have come to trust and admire.   

It seems obvious to me that not only do older women need to be more visable on our TV screens, but their employers need to access, nay, encourage older women to look their ages in the way they have for men.  Only when women with grey hair are represented in roles with a high public profile as strong, intelligent, cultured, funny, artistic, and important other than in politics (where there are thankfully a few great role models) with the perception of women with grey hair change and become one that is seen as positive.  

Come on Ruth - be the first and let your badger out for a frollicking!!  

The one glaring exception - maybe the BBC dished out the same advice to this news reader as they did to Philip Schofield all those years ago?  John Sopel sporting a helmet of dyed black hair.  Because he's worth it. Or at least his salary is...

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