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Does a woman over 50 have to ask a question in the audience of Question Time in order to be on TV?

Question Time imageArticle by Ceri Wheeldon

I could have hugged the woman in the audience who asked that question at the end of last night’s Question Time. And how true it is . The absence of women over 50 on our screens is a topic we have raised frequently on this website. Of course, being the last, ‘lighter’ question on the show it was met and responded to with humour, but none the less I think the lady who asked the question deserves a medal for getting it debated on such a high profile programme.

Is it because men run TV companies?

The general consensus of the panel was that things were changing, and that it had been recognised that people wanted to see more mature presenters on TV. It was also suggested that the reason for the absence of women over 50 was that most of the TV channels are run by men- and historically they have wanted to see younger women on screen. Does this mean that if TV companies were run by women we would be seeing younger men on our screens?  If so Mr Dimbleby may in trouble!

The Question Time audience appeared to be in agreement that there should indeed be more women over 50 on our screens. Hopefully the media bosses will listen.

So what do you think- are we things changing- and if so are they changing fast enough?

Are women over 50 being given slots of equal status or just token roles?

I would LOVE to hear your opinions on this.

Meanwhile, I applaud the lady in the audience who asked the question. She was fab, over 50, AND on TV! Fabulous!!


Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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