02 December 2009
Former BBC worker makes age discrimination accusations
An ex-presenter at the BBC has said she is moving to China to escape a "culture of ageism" that exists in UK broadcasting.
Now aged 51, Susan Osman believes that her date of birth is limiting her prospects to find suitable work, the Bristol Evening Post reports.
She has worked in the industry for 28 years and currently freelances as a presenter.
Ms Osman cites one instance in which she claims a manager at the BBC - which is a public service broadcaster and was established by a Royal Charter - asked her if she was menopausal.
She remarked: "There seems to be a culture of ageism in broadcasting in this country and it particularly affects women."
Although she has received positive feedback when she has attended interviews for radio and TV roles over recent months, she has not been able to secure work, she added.
Responding to her suggestions, a BBC spokesperson denied that the organisation is ageist.