As I’ve been saying for some time now

TV legend Terry Wogan has said female TV presenters shouldn’t complain about not getting work later in their careers because they used their good looks land roles when they were young.

The British broadcasting icon waded into the sexism on television row, saying women use their ‘glamour’ to make a name for themselves when starting out in the industry.

He said that females who complain when the work dries up later should remember why they were given presenting jobs in the past, describing broadcasting as a ‘visual medium’.

Quite.

I you get hired for being totty then it’s a bit off to complain that you’re fired when you’re no longer totty.

We’re not being bombarded with complaints from fit and athletic men that they have to leave the Premiership when they’re no longer fit and athletic, are we?

10 thoughts on “As I’ve been saying for some time now”

  1. The BBC have made their own bed on this one and they can just lie in it.
    It was the BBC who started referring to these people as ‘talent’. They were just pretty girls. Nothing more or less, but they have gotten confused somewhere along the way and believed the bullshit.
    If they were really talent we would know, ‘cos the international arm of the BBC would be exporting them and making a ton of money, and I understand that the only material examples the have are Dr Who and Top Gear (just what I was told, not a guaranteed fact).

  2. Alas, the tragic circumstances of those poor unfortunates whose age begins to exceed their bra size. Their remedy lies not in whining but in silicone.

  3. Wogan also says that the JS’s crimes were an open secret in the BBC. Therefore why has he not been questioned or even arrested as being part of the conspiracy of silence in not saying anything at the time. Though in reality he probably knows nothing and is just joining in the media circle wank over the story.

  4. Perhaps the Beeb meant ‘talent’ in the way I understood it when I were a lad. It was a synonym for bints, chicks, totty, etc. But the talent misunderstood…

  5. I don’t see or hear of Helen Mirren making such complaints. She seems to still be in demand for work. Maybe it’s because she looks for work and not expect it to be presented to her

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    Gary – “The BBC have made their own bed on this one and they can just lie in it. It was the BBC who started referring to these people as ‘talent’. They were just pretty girls. Nothing more or less, but they have gotten confused somewhere along the way and believed the bullshit.”

    True. The BBC has been cloyingly PC and now they have found that it schtick cuts both ways. They can’t condemn others for being sensible and then expect to get away with it themselves.

    The odd thing is that the BBC does seem to think that an Oxbridge education is necessary to read an autocue. But that doesn’t mean they are any less of a dolly bird just because they blagged their way through Modern Languages.

    Personally I like it when their dolly birds are both delusional about their intelligence and spiteful to others. Like my current favourite Mishal Husain.

    “If they were really talent we would know, ‘cos the international arm of the BBC would be exporting them and making a ton of money, and I understand that the only material examples the have are Dr Who and Top Gear (just what I was told, not a guaranteed fact).”

    Notice they are the two least BBC productions the BBC does. They have made Dr Who more like any other BBC soap opera, but it is still for the sort of geeks the BBC would usually despise. And Top Gear must exists by Act of God.

  7. The odd thing is that the BBC does seem to think that an Oxbridge education is necessary to read an autocue.

    This is true. In my younger days being a tab got me down to the last five on a shortlist for reading some news, until either they decided I wasn’t very good or figured out my actual political views, coz I never heard from them again.

    The station? Glad you asked. Radio 1 Xtra.

  8. I suppose being able to read an autocue without making more than x mistakes per minute is a talent, but it’s one that is shared with a non-trivial section of the population, including me. The news totty and the Ron Burgundys aren’t hired for their penetrating political analysis, which is why someone like Andrew Marr, who looks like he won first prize in a Fungus the Bogeyman lookalike contest, is allowed in front of the cameras when there’s wonkery to be done and why someone like Andrea Byrne does Royal Wedding coverage. It’s the same as the evolutionary psychology stuff being batted about in the other post: what constitutes a desirable set of characteristics is sexually dimorphic.

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