Sun 12 December 2010, The Sunday Times


By Richard Brooks
An under-pressure BBC relented a year ago and agreed that women over 50 were to be given more roles in news presenting. Mind you, it took Joan Bakewell, then the government’s tsarina for the elderly, to arm-lock Mark Thompson, the corporation’s director-general. So, for Julia Somerville and Fiona Armstrong, it was a welcome return to news anchoring. They were joined by Carole Walker and Zeinab Badawi. But the deal was for presenting on the BBC News channel, not BBC1 or BBC2.
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