SKY News presenter Tracey Spicer, who was sacked by TEN in 2006 returning from maternity leave, has written an Open Letter on thehoopla.com.au to male TV executives, or perhaps one in particular, which makes for insightful reading.
At the time TEN denied any discrimination issues but the two parties eventually settled out of court.
Similar murmurs once emanated from Nine when Christine Spiteri claimed she was told by John Westacott, “To make it in this game, women have to be f***ble.”
Spicer’s editorial begins:
Dear Mr Misogynist,
I’d like to thank you for everything you’ve taught me over the past 25 years.
Why, I had no idea I was so fat, ugly and stupid. I thought being a size 12 was perfectly acceptable.
But when you yelled across the newsroom, ”I want two inches off your hair and two inches off your arse”, suddenly, a light went on.
Of course! The size of my posterior is directly related to the content and credibility of the stories I’m reporting on for this network. Silly me. You’re right. I’ll never make it as a TV journalist.
Those wise words of yours from 1986 are still ringing in my ears: “That’s why you don’t see blonde newsreaders,” you explained patiently. “People don’t take them seriously.”
You can read the rest here.