The BBC is looking for older female newsreadersThe BBC has announced it is on the lookout for female newsreaders in their 50s, in order to reduce the risk of being accused of discrimination, such as ageism and sexism, it is reported.

Director general Mark Thompson has announced that officials at the media corporation need to search for such a news anchor, after news which could point towards discrimination, such as Moira Stuart leaving her position on the news desk.

Newsreader Anna Ford also quit, while there have been several complaints accusing the BBC of ageism after Strictly Cone Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, 66, was replaced by former winner of the show Alesha Dixon, 30.

Speaking to the Women’s Institute magazine WI, Mr Thompson said: "Replacing Arlene wasn’t motivated by ageism. But it demonstrates that viewers want more than just youth, and we’ve taken that on board."

A report from the Fawcett Society recently claimed that women still faced discrimination in the workplace due to a trend to hold client or partner meetings in lap-dancing clubs.

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