01 September 2008
TV presenter accuses employer of age discrimination
Newsreader and television presenter Selina Scott has accused her former employer of age discrimination.
The 57-year-old alleges that she was axed from Channel Five because she is too old and is fighting for up to £1 million in compensation, the Sunday Mirror reports.
Scott, whose career in television began in the 1970s, says she was asked by Channel Five to fill in for Natasha Kaplinsky, who is due to go on maternity leave in a few weeks.
However, she claims that her contract to head Five News - which was said to be worth £200,000 a year - was cancelled at the last minute when a new boss arrived at the broadcasting organisation and said he wanted a younger face.
She is now taking the organisation to an employment tribunal.
Meanwhile, a Channel Five spokesman said: "We do not accept this claim and will be vigorously defending it."