As the oldest person in the More4 Newsroom (don't ask, it's rude and probably illegal!), I intend to ensure it becomes a no-go area for ageism, writes Mick Hodgkin.
"Old hat", "old git", "dirty old man" - all such pejorative references to age will henceforth result in a swift email to human resources. Amusing comments such as "Which war was that then, the Boer war?" (a joke itself old enough to qualify for a bus pass) will attract an on-the-spot written warning. Faux-naive utterings like "the sixties - did you still have rationing then?" will mean a verbal reprimand.
Furthermore, action may be considered to root out overt displays of youth that could be taken as implicit ageism - such as boasting about how many pints you drank and how little sleep you had last night, excessive dexterity in operating computers, mobile phones, MP3 players etc.
In fact, the word "News" could itself be considered ageist, in the way it contrasts the "new" - interesting, noteworthy, dynamic - with "old" - past history, yesterday's papers, boring, seen it done it got the t-shirt yadda yadda.
Time for a new name? Or am I getting too old for this game?