Sunday, August 16, 2015


BBC TV still doesn't 'get' the age issue. Sir Tom Jones has accused management of "sub-standard behaviour" in the way he was dropped from the judging panel of The Voice Series 5, with little, if any, notice, aged 75. He may have been unduly distracted by a Daily Star story that Will I Am was leaving, from August 9, which turned out to be wrong.

BBC Radio, in general, is more circumspect, and has perhaps learned more from the Countryfile/Miriam O'Reilly case. Look at the slow release of Sir Jimmy Young and Terry Wogan from weekday shows; look at the cluster of jobs afforded to Sue MacGregor and Jim Naughtie as they moved on from Today. Ideally, you make the move look like their decision, which, of course, it may be.

Will The Voice suffer ? We may see fewer poor Country and Western singers from Wales in the blind auditions, but I'm not sure who's going to jump at Boy George, 54, as a mentor. Interestingly, the average age of the new judging quarter is just over 41, compared with 35.5 for The XFactor.

  • In other number-related news, Friday's 3rd Episode of Ripper Street Series 3 returned 2.74m million viewers, according to the overnight estimates - that's down nearly a million from the first episode. 

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