Broadcasting & Cable’s Anne Becker writes about the pressure of the TV news industry for female news talent who are over a certain age…
Even in an HD world, network news executives maintain that they do not discriminate on the basis of age.
“No one should be under the illusion that cable news networks are trying to attract 25-year-olds by putting on 25-year-olds. That would be a foolhardy effort,” Klein says. “Our stock and trade is our authority, experience, trustworthiness and objectivity. Those qualities develop over time, and you’d be shooting yourself in the foot to simply go for youth and looks at the expense of ability.”
CBS News Senior VP Marcy McGinnis says the network is proud of its record. “It’s important not to get defensive about hiring people who are going to move through the ranks,” she says. “I don’t want all 40-year-olds any more than I want all 30-year-olds or all 70-year-olds.”