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  1. Improving your Scores

  2. By Richard Alleyne 12:01AM BST 04 Apr 2007 The BBC faced a growing chorus of complaints yesterday accusing it of "ageism and sexism" following its decision to axe the veteran news presenter Moira Stuart. Senior broadcasters, both inside and outside the corporation, joined forces with pressure groups and MPs to condemn her removal which they say highlights the inherent prejudice against older women in the television industry. They claimed the move was part of television's obsession with attracting the youth market and ignoring its older viewers. Last week it emerged that Miss Stuart, 55, who has been presenting the news for more than two decades, had lost her slot on Sunday AM, the current affairs programme anchored by the political journalist Andrew Marr. She joins a long line of middle-aged female presenters, including Kate Adie, Anna Ford and Angela Rippon, who feel they have had to make way for younger presenters, while their male counterparts are allowed to work well into their sixties.

  3. “Ageism is incompatible with modern democracy.” What do you think? Explain your opinion. 3 Marks MARKS To use key terms to explain what prejudice is. To analyse the impact that different forms of prejudice have had on the lives of people. To reflect on and evaluate our own, and society’s, attitude to prejudice and people it affects. This sort of discrimination can be damaging particularly in the work place because it gives the impression that society values a particular age group rather than the talents or abilities of the individual. For example, some people thought that the BBC were ageist towards Moira Stewart because she was seen as an ‘older’ woman. Ageism is discrimination against someone because of how old they are. 1 mark 2 marks 3 marks

  4. “Ageism is incompatible with modern democracy.” What do you think? Explain your opinion. 3 Marks Ageism is discrimination against someone because of how old they are. For example, some people thought that the BBC were ageist towards Moira Stewart because she was seen as an ‘older’ woman. This sort of discrimination can be damaging particularly in the work place because it gives the impression that society values a particular age group rather than the talents or abilities of the individual.

  5. By LIZ THOMAS
UPDATED: 16:05, 23 February 2009 A disabled CBeebies presenter has been the victim of a disturbing campaign after parents complained that she was scaring toddlers. They claimed that host CerrieBurnell  -  who was born with one arm  -  is not suitable to appear on the digital children's channel. Miss Burnell and co-presenter Alex Winters took over the popular Do and Discover slot and The Bedtime Hour programme last month. But the decision to hire her has prompted a flurry of complaints to the BBC and on parenting message boards, with some of the posts on the CBeebies website becoming so vicious that they had to be removed.

  6. Incredibly, one father said he wanted to ban his daughter from watching the channel because he feared it would give her nightmares. Others claimed that they were forced to discuss difficult issues with their young children before they were ready. One blogger wrote: 'Is it just me, or does anyone else think the new woman presenter on CBeebies may scare the kids because of her disability?’ Another person suggested that it wouldn't be quite so bad if Cerrie could just pull down her cardigan sleeve a bit so viewers wouldn't have to see her stump. The resulting storm of publicity  -  exposing the disturbing levels of prejudice which still exist in this country towards disability  -  prompted a furious debate about bigotry and a society seemingly happier to expose their children to air-headed, size zero models than a real woman who happens to have part of one arm missing.

  7. ‘Disability should never prevent anyone from pursuing a career of their choice.’ Do you agree? Explain your opinion. 3 Marks MARKS To use key terms to explain what prejudice is. To analyse the impact that different forms of prejudice have had on the lives of people. To reflect on and evaluate our own, and society’s, attitude to prejudice and people it affects. 1 mark 2 marks 3 marks