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Anna Ford talks tough on ageism
Anna Ford

Newscaster Anna Ford, who is leaving BBC news this month, has spoken out about ageism in the media.

Ford, 62, has announced she will be leaving 30 years in the BBC during which she has presented both the six o'clock and the one o'clock bulletins.

Despite her successful career, Ford believes she would eventually have been sidelined in the BBC because of her age.

"I might have been shovelled off into News 24 to the sort of graveyard shift, and I wouldn't have wanted to do that because it wouldn't have interested me," she said.

"I think when you reflect on the people who they're bringing in and they're all much younger.

"I think they are being brought in because they are younger. I think that's specifically one of the reasons why they're being employed."

Ford has also been angered by ageism in other fields, including politics.

She described the laughter and derision directed at LibDem leader Sir Menzies Campbell, who is 64, because of his age as "extraordinary".

Though leaving her current job, Ford has no plans to retire from the world of work.

Instead she will pursue other interests including writing and botanical painting.

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