Older People Still Under-Represented on TV

Women and older people are still starkly under-represented on UK television.

report by the Creative Diversity Network revealed that television was far younger and more male than the population at large.

It said older people were “considerably under-represented” with over-55s accounting for just 8% of entertainment presenters and 12% of lead roles in drama.

The research was a pilot study and the small sample means the results must be read with caution. But intuitively, this under-representation and the corresponding glorification of youth, is a global issue as is the persistent portrayal of older people in a negative light.