TV presenter hits out at BBC on ageism row

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SCARBOROUGH-BORN broadcaster Selina Scott has waded into the ageism row which has rocked the BBC.

Miss Scott was speaking after 53-year-old former BBC presenter Miriam O’Reilly won an employment tribunal against the corporation on the grounds of ageism.

Miss Scott, 59, whose career has included spells on News at Ten and BBC Breakfast Time, said she fully empathised with Ms O’Reilly after she successfully sued Channel Five in 2008 when the company reneged on a contract agreement because she was “too old”.

She said: “I know how what Miriam feels like.

“When I sued Channel Five, I was told I would be a leper in the industry; that I would never work again; no television company would hire me because I would be seen as “trouble.”

“Fortunately, this proved not to be the case.

“This whole episode has driven a wrecking ball through the BBC’s image of a paternal and kindly employer.

“The tribunal ruled Miriam had been treated in an ageist manner and that she had been victimised in a dark and ugly way.”