Saturday, 8th November
This is to do with a Guardian article I was reading about sexism and ageism at the BBC. The article was written by Olenka Frenkiel, who had worked for the BBC for thirty years. When she was ‘forced out’ she was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, more commonly known as a gagging order. She refused because she wanted to be able to tell people about the way the BBC treats older women. Except that she doesn’t need to tell us, we can see it every time we turn on the television.
Out of all the over-50s appearing on screen, 82% are men. Overall, across all major broadcasters, women over 50 make up just 5% of on-screen presenters of all ages and both sexes.
It amused me, in a perverted way, that gag can also mean a joke.
1. Something forced into or put over the mouth to prevent speaking or crying out.
2. An obstacle to or a censoring of free speech.