Lack of older women on TV 'a fact'
BBC presenter Kate Humble says she will not protest if her career ends when she reaches a certain age - because the absence of older women on TV is a "fact".
Several figures, including Anna Ford, Selina Scott and Dame Joan Bakewell have criticised broadcasters on the issue, accusing them of banishing older women from the small screen.
However ex-Springwatch host Humble, 43, told the Radio Times that she accepted that her TV career would not last indefinitely.
"TV is a fantastic job but I have never wanted it to be my life. It's also a job that you have very little control over," she said.
"It can be all or nothing. At this point I don't know how my year is going to pan out. That's exciting, frustrating and nerve-racking."
The presenter of new BBC2 series Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey told the magazine: "The types of TV I'm being asked to do, I'd be an idiot to turn down because it's wonderful stuff.
"But if I get to the stage where I'm not being offered that stuff and it's a choice of being on the telly or on the farm (in Monmouthshire which she now runs), the farm would win every time. The reality is I'm either not going to want telly or telly is not going to want me.
"I'm not going to start sobbing into my beer because I'm getting older and old women don't get on the telly. It's just a fact."
Her comments come after BBC director-general Mark Thompson admitted earlier this month that there are not enough older women on TV.
"There are manifestly too few older women broadcasting on the BBC, especially in iconic roles and on iconic topical programmes," he said.