TV’s gender AGE gap revealed: Male presenters are twice as likely to be employed past the age of 50 as women – with up to 22 YEARS difference between presenters on popular shows
- Research conducted by Dr Judy Todd who works at University Hospital in Ayr
- Women less than half as likely to be employed after 50-years-old than men
- Age gap has grown in decade and now nearly eight years between genders
- Data found quarter of female presenters are over 50, while over half of men are
The age gap between male and female presenters on British TV has grown significantly in the past decade and women are only half as likely as their male colleagues to be employed past the age of 50, according to new research.
Dr Judy Todd, a consultant anaesthetist from University Hospital in Ayr, Scotland, found that the gender age gap has grown to an average of seven years and 11 months, and only a quarter of female TV presenters are employed over the age of 50, whereas more than half of male presenters are 50 plus.
Meanwhile, figures are even more pronounced for the over 60s with only 3.1 per cent of female presenters still working at that age, whereas 18.3 per cent of male presenters are still employed after the age of 60.
The age gap on the ITV show This Morning is 11 years between Philip Schofield aged 57 and Holly Willoughby, 38 (pictured)
In the past ten years the gender age gap has increased by nearly two years and the average age of female TV presenters is 44 years and one month, whereas for men it is 52-years-old.
Dr Judy explained: ‘Our gender age gap research has exposed a glass ceiling of opportunity for women on TV after the age of 50.’
‘The vast majority of women are basically being written off when they reach 50 and it’s hard to see any other reason for this other than they don’t look as telegenic, attractive and youthful as they used to.’
‘This is clearly not something that the male presenters have to deal with as their careers are more than twice as likely to continue into their 50s and 60s
Last year the broadcasting industry was rocked by the gender pay gap scandal which showed that women earned up to 22 per cent less than male colleagues doing the same job, but now another major disparity of working conditions has been exposed.
The gender age gap was seen to run across most sectors of broadcasting including entertainment, sports and news and current affairs.
‘The gender age gap has grown significantly in the past 10 years and something needs to be done to prevent what is a clear case of discrimination.’
‘It is not just a problem in the broadcasting industry. There is growing discrimination for mature women in the UK to get jobs and promotions after they hit 50.’
‘Many of my female clients in their mid to late 40s tell me that job opportunities for women become seriously reduced after 50, which is one of the main reasons why they are having aesthetic rejuvenation treatments.’
The data was compiled by analysing regular presenting staff on TV programmes on terrestrial television channels in 2019, taking the average age of the male presenting team and the female presenting team to find the gap between them.
The only mainstream show on terrestrial TV which had older female presenters than the men was Bake Off on Channel 4.