Of course I'd like to think that appearance means nothing to the BBC recruitment team and that the One Show is a triumph of substance over style, of journalistic talent over autocutie
The girl geezer bar none, the ladette with muscle (usually in the form of an 18 stone athlete), she's the shooting star who's gone from weather girl to autocutie
presenter in one meteorological leap.
So a stunning victory for ageism and three hearty cheers to the Beeb bosses for finally accepting that you don't necessarily need to be male or an autocutie
to read the news?
ly/98USUA Sky's autocutie
takes one for the team during touchline reporting duties.
Note, for example, how one of the derisive counter-criticisms marshalled against Selina Scott when she began campaigning about discrimination against older women on television, was that she herself had been happy to exploit her own good looks in her youth (of the Daily Mail headline 'Get real, Saint Selina, you were one of the autocuties
as well' (72)).
What Liz and all the It Girls, autocuties
and pretenders to the throne of stardom fail to realise is that many are called and few are chosen.
Pitied by security guards, patronised by studio autocuties
, they are blankeyed, slack jawed, husks of humanity.
Critics of autocuties
include ex-BBC presenter Selina Scott, who said "ageist" TV bosses give preferential treatment to younger presenters.
TERRY WOGAN is probably right about the autocuties
who earn ridiculous amounts for being able to parrot the news off a screen.
I know there's been talk about female reporters doing well because of their looks - Natasha Kaplinsky was one woman linked to the autocuties
row - but I don't agree it happens.
The likes of Carlton and GMTV already rely on light, trite and not-very-bright blonde autocuties
who wouldn't know their Ars from their Elba, and modern forecasts are becoming all teeth, tits and tinsel, read by people who don't care a fig about thermals and isobars but just want to become famous enough to move on to hosting game shows.