Former newsreader blames BBC female bosses for age bias

Former TV newsreader Selina Scott has blamed female bosses at the BBC for age discrimination against

Scott has written a report on why the Corporation has few female presenters over 50 despite a good number of women being represented on the Corporation's governing body and among the executive directors.

In her report, she particularly slammed television presenter Anne Robinson. Scott said the 65-year-old is "adopting a character which she plays much as an actress might" and that she is "Cruella de Vil" (referring to the primary villain in Dodie Smith's novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians).

She also blamed Jay Hunt, the 43-year-old female controller of BBC One, for replacing the 66-year-old Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips with a former winner, Alesha Dixon, who is 30.

She said young women are being placed by producers on factual programmes simply to "dress the set".