“They said they liked the ‘young’ sound,” sang Harry Chapin in WOLD, “when they let me go.” And Harry wasn’t even working in India:
India’s national public radio broadcaster appears to have sacked around 100 presenters for being over its new age limit of 35.
All India Radio says it had to bring in the new age rules because the station needed to “infuse freshness in presentation of programmes”. The Kolkata-based broadcaster initially set the cut-off at 30 years but then raised it to 35. The measure was then put on hold by an employment tribunal until 8 August but the journalists in question were dropped the day after the freeze expired, the Hindu daily reports.
There is, however, a faint ray of hope for these senile, wizened over-35s:
All India Radio has responded by saying it will allow presenters to stay on if they pass a test to prove they don’t sound “too mature and boring”, according [to] the Kolkata paper The Telegraph.