Finally Danny Cohen The BBC Director of television in an interview with the Observer has addressed the problem. He was reported to say “We're not going to have panel shows on any more with no women on them. You can't do that. It's not acceptable.“
In December, BBC producers were told to address the issue of not having enough women on screen after the BBC Trust told executives there was "no excuse" for not having more female panellists and set new sex-representation objectives in July.
The Trust also told the BBC that it must do something about its image among older female viewers who'd like to see more of their peers on screen in light of a report compiled by the Older Women's Commission last year, which was set up by Labour's shadow culture secretary Harriet Harman.
The report found that that 30% of TV presenters are over 50, which roughly corresponds to the 34% of the UK population aged 50 and above. Of the TV presenters aged over 50, however, 82% were men. When it came to the TV workforce both on and off screen, only 7% are women over the age of 50.
Ms Harman said the perception for women in broadcasting “is that they get worse with age, as they get older they have to start looking younger and younger and many, many years below their age, and then when they get to about 50, somehow the viewers need to be protected from them. I don’t think that is acceptable and I don’t think women in the country think that just when they are past 50 that they have to be airbrushed off our screens”.
Ms Harman concluded that the figures showed "a combination of ageism and sexism... that doesn't apply to men“
Hear her full BBC interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22554217