Liz Kershaw reveals she’s ticking things off her to-do list

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Liz Kershaw, 63, has explained how the UKTN ‘did her a favour’ after accusing her of firing her because she was over 60.

The departure of the UKTN Radio 6 Music presenter after 20 years in March reignited criticism of society’s treatment of older women, after she tweeted: “I’ve been fired from @BBC6Music because they don’t want women over 60.

But she now sees the positive side of things and uses her free time to check things off her to-do list, such as traveling around Europe.

Honest: Liz Kershaw, 63, explained how the UKTN ‘did her a favour’ after accusing her of firing her because she was over 60

She told Lorraine on Friday: “He’s not a winger, they actually did me a favour.” I got up throughout the day, walked in throughout the lockdown because I knew it was important for people stuck in their homes alone.

“And then as soon as I quit, someone was like, ‘Do you want to go out this weekend? and I can do it.

“I have a to-do list and one thing is to go from my friend’s house in Barcelona, ​​up the Amalfi Coast and all the way to Sicily. I will blast the music.

On the daytime chat show, Lorraine Kelly then praised ITV for ‘valuing the experience’ of its staff – regardless of age.

Difficult: The BBC Radio 6 Music presenter's departure after 20 years in March has reignited criticism of society's treatment of older women, after she tweeted:

Difficult: The UKTN Radio 6 Music presenter’s departure after 20 years in March has reignited criticism of society’s treatment of older women, after she tweeted: ‘I’ve been fired from @BBC6Music because they don’t want no women over 60″

Speaking to former UKTN DJ Liz in the studio, Lorraine revealed how her skills and experience over her years on the job have been “valued” by ITV.

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Liz, who believes she was sacked from the UKTN because she was over 60, said she felt the broadcaster was “diverse in everything but age”.

Lorraine said: “It’s really interesting. We are about the same age, I will be 63 in November. The thing about here and working on Daytime in ITV, the experience is really appreciated. It really is.

Plans: But she told Lorraine on Friday that she now sees the positive side of things and is using her free time to tick things off her to-do list, such as traveling around Europe

Plans: But she told Lorraine on Friday that she now sees the positive side of things and is using her free time to tick things off her to-do list, such as traveling around Europe

‘It doesn’t matter if you’re on or off air, working in production or on the crew, it’s actually appreciated and treasured, because it’s that thing of accumulating a lot of experience and to be able to share this with everyone.

Of Liz’s departure, Lorraine said: ‘It’s crazy you’re in your prime. You’re at the top of your game, you’ve got all that experience you’ve accumulated, it’s a great time in your life to celebrate and it feels really sad.

Liz replied, “I’m a walking encyclopedia. Since I was young, I have absorbed everything – it is no longer necessary.

Honest: Liz, who believes she was sacked from the BBC because she was over 60, said she felt the broadcaster was

Honest: Liz, who believes she was sacked from the UKTN because she was over 60, said she felt the broadcaster was ‘diverse in everything but age’

‘You have almost 20 guys on UKTN pop music stations aged between 60 and 80, many of them reaching their 80s. How many wives do you have?

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‘You have two now I’m gone. You have Elaine Paige on a Sunday afternoon playing songs from musicals and you have Anne Nightingale who somehow – she was the first female DJ I listened to growing up – she’s 82 years or something like that.

“She tapes a show and it airs at 2am on a Sunday morning and that’s it.”

A UKTN statement said: “All radio schedules are changing and recent schedule changes will allow us to explore other musical stories.”

Trouble: This is the latest controversy to hit the BBC.  In 2011, presenter Miriam O'Reilly (pictured), then 53, won an age discrimination lawsuit against the company after she was removed from her flagship rural affairs show Countryfile

Trouble: This is the latest controversy to hit the UKTN. In 2011, presenter Miriam O’Reilly (pictured), then 53, won an age discrimination lawsuit against the company after she was removed from her flagship rural affairs show Countryfile

“We are still discussing the changes and our editorial plans with the relevant presenters. There were no other factors involved in the decisions, and we pride ourselves on having a diverse cast of TV and radio presenters.

Kershaw was responding to a campaign calling for a parliamentary debate on how “women are being erased from public services and institutions”.

This is the latest controversy to hit the UKTN. In 2011, presenter Miriam O’Reilly, then 53, won an age discrimination lawsuit against the company after she was removed from her flagship rural affairs show, Countryfile.

Two years ago, new allegations of ageism emerged when the UKTN announced that Sue Barker’s 23-year stint as host of A Question Of Sport was coming to an end. The 66-year-old broadcaster, who said last week that this year’s Wimbledon would be her last as a UKTN presenter, has been replaced by comedian Paddy McGuinness, who is 48.

Kershaw’s last major project for UKTN 6 Music was the 16-part series Legends In Their Own Lunchtime in which she chatted with music icons such as Debbie Harry, Boy George and Pete Townshend.

Friends of the DJ, who rose to fame in the 1980s, claimed the UKTN never explained why his show was axed.

“The show had good ratings and then Liz was told she was no longer wanted,” one said. Of course, no one told him that the decision was prompted by his age. In fact, we never gave him a reason.

A UKTN insider has dismissed claims of sexism and ageism, pointing out that Kershaw recently presented a four-episode Radio 2 series on the best-selling musical acts of the Queen’s reign as part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations .

But Kershaw stood by his claims last night, saying: ‘I don’t want it all to revolve around me because I think it’s a bigger issue than that.’ At the same time, I don’t think it’s a job for life and you have to make room for new people.

“But it seems quite remarkable that while there are a lot of men in their 60s, 70s and 80s on these pop stations, there are hardly any women.”

Decisions: Two years ago new allegations of ageism arose when the BBC announced that Sue Barker, 66,'s 23-year stint as host of A Question Of Sport was coming to an end

Decisions: Two years ago new allegations of ageism arose when the UKTN announced that Sue Barker, 66,’s 23-year stint as host of A Question Of Sport was coming to an end

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