Last week, veteran BBC broadcaster Philip Hayton quit his position as news anchor on BBC News 24, boasting nearly forty years of experience in the occupation.
Why?... Because he loathed his female co-presenter, Kate Silverton.
Glamorous Kate, aged 35, has seen a meteoric rise at the BBC and has now positioned herself comfortably on BBC News 24, presenting the 9am-1pm slot on the channel.
She spent little under three months presenting with Hayton, but he resigned putting his decision down to ‘incompatibility’ between himself and Kate.
‘It boils down to incompatibility,’ he said on the day of his resignation. ‘I was trying hard for it not to show but it did. We did four hours of live TV every day and you have to like each other.’
This was the reason Hayton provided but is there an underlying battle going on at the BBC between the sexes?
If you ask anyone nowadays to name a television news presenter on the BBC, the names Natasha Kaplinsky, Sophie Raworth, Fiona Bruce and Anna Ford all spring to mind.
Many years ago, if the same question was asked, the reply would be very different. Michael Buerk, Peter Sissons, Philip Hayton and Nicholas Witchell would all be top of the list.
So why have female newsreaders started to dominate the newsroom? Is it down to experience?
No, according to critics.
Take the example of Philip Hayton and Kate Silverton.
Philip has worked with the BBC for thirty seven years and in that time, he has ducked hundreds of bullets and witnessed in person countless natural disasters as a correspondent for the channel. Philip has also covered a range of historic issues such as the Iranian revolution and the death of General Franco. He has presented all the BBC’s main news bulletins - the One, Six and Nine O’Clock News. He deservedly boasts a background packed full of hard news and extensive journalistic experience. судебная практика трансформаторная подстанция
Kate Silverton, on the other hand, began as presenter of the DIY show, ‘Big Strong Boys.’ She then worked on the BBC’s political show ‘Weekend’ and progressed to Radio Five Live where she presented the station's breakfast show.
Kate also worked on Five’s the ‘Wright Stuff.’ One insider commented:
‘She wasn’t the brightest button in the box and she would often phone relatives to ask them to explain current affairs issues which appeared to be beyond her grasp. She didn’t want to ask anyone on the production team because it would have exposed the fact she didn’t really understand the issue.’ essays hero, no.
As we can see, Kate’s CV and knowledge is apparently miniscule compared to Philip’s but interestingly, Kate is extremely attractive. Could this be the reason for her swift success?
One critic commented on Kate’s flirtatious manner saying that ‘it is now part of a female newsreader’s job.’
One other critic controversially remarked that Kate looked, ‘not only as if she had come fresh from a beauty salon but as if she usually worked in one.’
Those harsh comments may have been the feelings of Philip Hayton when he was at breaking point.
Critics of the BBC Breakfast presenter Natasha Kaplinsky have observed how her ‘sultry good looks’ and ‘flirtatious approach’ may be the reason behind her hugely successful rise to stardom on the small screen. They have also put Natasha’s success down to the fact she happened to be the winner of the channel’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ programme. Since winning, Natasha has notched up a series of presenting opportunities including co-anchoring the BBC’s flagship news programme, the 6 O’Clock News, with not a pinch of war reporting in sight.
Some of Natasha’s male colleagues and viewers have questioned her aptitude as well as her ability with critics pointing out how ‘embarrassing it is to watch her stumble over the autocue every morning.’
So, as we can see, the BBC is shrouded by battles between male and female workers and in extreme cases, employees like Philip Hayton are departing due to ‘incompatibility.’ What will happen to the BBC in the future?
It may be just a case of sitting back, relaxing, and watching the continuing rise of the female newsreader.