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Nominations for retirement in 2013

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JessM Mon 31-Dec-12 10:03:05

I am reluctant to say anyone should be prevented from continuing to work past 65 on the grounds of their date of birth. These days many people retain their sharp wits and reasonable health into their 80s.
There are a few notable examples in the media that are going on and on. And on. The only ones I can think of are men. This in part reflects the poverty of opportunity for women of their generation. But the BBC is not immune to agism.
Off the top of my head the three the BBC keep using are:
Attenborough 86
John Humphries 69
Bruce Forsythe 84
I went through an anti Attenborough phase and have come out the other side.
Would any of these be still going if they were women? Is it time for any or them, or anyone else, to step down now and give someone else a chance? And are there any other suggestions?

glitabo Mon 31-Dec-12 10:39:38

Paul McCartney 70

jO5 Mon 31-Dec-12 10:41:29

You leave John Humphreys alone! He's lovely.

And the others are fine! Especially Brucie!


jO5 Mon 31-Dec-12 10:42:30

Seems a bit cruel to say Paul McCartney. He did write that lovely song "yesterday" all on his own.

kittylester Mon 31-Dec-12 10:48:46

I'm happy to look after Paul in his retirement. wink

Anne58 Mon 31-Dec-12 10:52:31

Mixed feelings about John Grumphries, I sometimes find that a good shout at the radio in the morning sets me up for the day!

Nelliemoser Mon 31-Dec-12 10:55:01

Definately Brucie.

Not John Humphrys! Don't deprive me of John Humphrys.

Stop retiring those excellent women presenters just because they are getting older and dont "fit an image." They don't do that to the men in the same way.

granjura Mon 31-Dec-12 10:55:01

Paul McCartney first - his performance at the Olympics was so embarrassing and cringe making. And then Brucy - honestly, enough is enough!

John Humphries can stay- and definitely Attenborough (not Dickie but David)- he is just so wonderful.

petra Mon 31-Dec-12 11:13:31

Does anyone know if Bruce Forsyth tweets? I just thought it might be a way of telling him that we ( me especially) have had enough of him.
Has anyone else noticed that a lot of the audience cringe when he does his " nice to see you"
If he's on it next year I'm going to record it so I can zap through his bits.
I feel better for that.

jO5 Mon 31-Dec-12 11:21:45

Just had a look petra and I don't think he would ever dare to tweet - judging by the venom people on there come out with about him!!! shock

kittylester Mon 31-Dec-12 12:07:50

granjura, apparently Dickie is 90 this year so Leicester is going to celebrate. And I though we had no money grin I think that someone ought to tell Peter Soulsby that!

Nanado Mon 31-Dec-12 12:10:15

Too young to retire but I'd like to see a lot less if Gary Barlow in 2013 shock

Ana Mon 31-Dec-12 12:11:50

And a lot less of Robbie Williams too - he really needs to lose some weight...hmm

JessM Mon 31-Dec-12 12:15:48

Oh yes Robbie was very flat when he did the song in Strictly. Turned up, went into make up, sang, left. That kind of feeling.
And there is so much young talent - female singer songwriters etc - coming through at the moment.

MiceElf Mon 31-Dec-12 12:20:30

Stephen Fry was on the television 189 times over the Christmas season. I'd love to pack him off to a desert island with no media of any description.

Grannyknot Mon 31-Dec-12 12:54:13

Agree re Stephen Fry, he can have a sabbatical if he is too young to retire. Please also retire all the Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, Gyles Brandeth (that leer!) and definitely Cliff.

crimson Mon 31-Dec-12 13:11:06

I nominate ME! [please.....]

whenim64 Mon 31-Dec-12 13:14:58

Hands off the Rolling Stones! grin Having received Chrstmas presents of their commemorative 50 year book and their new CD set, which I have been playing in my car, I am reminded how talented and exciting they still are.

Cliff Richard, Elton John and Paul McCartney are welome to retire, but not the Stones. Peace grin

jO5 Mon 31-Dec-12 13:38:25

Oh crimson! sad

glammanana Mon 31-Dec-12 13:55:35

Who would we have to replace David Attenborough there imo is no one out there who has the charisma of the man,Paul McCartney should retire even though I am a die hard Beatles fan from the very beginning his voice has changed dramactically and not for the better,surely he doesn't need to keep performing,he may be better being involved with more LIPA type projects to help up and coming young musicians of the future as what he should know about the business is invaluable.

janeainsworth Mon 31-Dec-12 13:58:04

Oh grannyknot I can't agree about Gyles Brandreth - I have heard him speak after two professional dinners and he was brilliant.
He managed to combine humour with a serious message, did his research well and had a go at the people on the top table without being too offensive.
In contrast Marcus Brigstocke the following year was dreadful.
I am going to no doubt incur everyone's wrath by requesting the removal of Alice Arnold from the Radio 4 newsreaders. I really dislike her rasping tones especially when they are overlaid with smugness.
Bring back Charlotte Green and Harriet Cass!

crimson Mon 31-Dec-12 14:05:56

We went to a talk given by Chris Packham a couple of years ago; admittedly hasn't got the Attenborough charisma but his enthusiasm is infectious.

Gally Mon 31-Dec-12 14:10:41

Jeremy Clarkson - every paper I open, his face is staring back at me - I've even stopped the Sunday Times because it upsets my breakfast.

Bruce Forsyth definitely past his best, if ever there was a best! He should have gone years ago - he just isn't funny any more.
PeterPan Cliff Richard just doesn't know when to stop either
In fact, any ageing rock/film/television/radio 'personality' - they should be intelligent enough to know when to stop and if they don't, then Grannies Unite will tell them grin

glammanana Mon 31-Dec-12 14:12:23

Ah crimson I had forgotten about Chris Packham he could be a contender alright couldn't he ?

jO5 Mon 31-Dec-12 14:15:29

janeainsworth Alice Arnold has gone. I heard her say goodbye at the close of programmes the other night.