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SALFORD MEDIA CITY PENSIONERS PROTEST
 

Star date: 25th October 2011

SALFORD PENSIONERS TO PICKET QUESTION TIME AT MEDIACITYUK

BBC North
MediaCityUK
Friday 28th October 5pm

Salford's pensioners and supporters are to picket the BBC at MediaCityUK on Friday to protest against age discrimination on Question Time. The protest is being called by Salford Against The Cuts, and the National Pensioners Convention which has being blocked from appearing on the panel because its reps `won't be able to cope with the lights and the stress of a live broadcast'!!!

Full details here…


It sounds bonkers but the National Pensioners Convention (NPC), which has 1.5million members, has been blocked, it says, from having a representative on Question Time.

NPC's general secretary Dot Gibson, 76, explains: "We were told our representatives wouldn't be able to cope with the lights and the stress of a live broadcast. It's ridiculous and condescending and smacks of ageism. We have accused the BBC of ageism in the past as it seems they don't want to acknowledge our existence or our right to a voice in society."

The NPC has been campaigning for over two years to secure a slot on Question Time, and has watched while the BNP and other unsavoury organisations have been given a platform to air their views. But our senior citizens, it seems, are just too much. Now the NPC is fighting back with a bit of direct action and grey power. It's leafleting audiences at Question Time venues, e-mailing producers and, on Friday, picketing the BBC in Salford. All ages are welcome to join in!

No More Age Discrimination On Question Time
Friday 28th October 5pm
BBC North, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays
Main Entrance

The NPC is also asking people to e-mail the relevant producers with polite requests to allow reps from the National Pensioners Convention onto the Question Time panel…
pcardwell@mentorn.tv and nicolai.gentchev@bbc.co.uk


Meanwhile, the Salford Pensioners Association is about to be re-launched. Watch this space for further details.

Mike Kelly wrote
at 13:08:58 on 27 October 2011
David Dimbleby aged 72 , not forced to retire and he can cope with the lights and stress of a live broadcast. Dual startdards as usual being applied.
 
Royston Futter wrote
at 13:49:38 on 25 October 2011
How appalling. Us oldies deserve our say( I note ageism doesn't come into it if a Dimbleby is involved by the way). Nepotism, Ageism and Salfordism. that's the BBC all over.
 
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