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I fear that the producers feel that a male presenter appeals to both male and female viewers, but that a female presenter would suggest that gardening is a feminine pursuit, and therefore alienate male viewers. Monty Don's appointment was a visionary one, responding to a change in how and why we garden, with its focus on ethics and sustainability. It's a shame this new appointment had to be made hurriedly and without discovering a new bold vision that can take a chance on a female anchor appealing to viewers of both genders.
I presume the BBC is going to extend this illogical decision which is entirely based on sexism and ageism, to remove all females from our screens and radio be they; news readers, reporters; sports commentators, radio presenters; financial commentators, MPs, Government Ministers and Human Rights Campaigners. I'm sure that with a bit of re-training these women could, at a pinch cope with presenting a program about kittens or lipstick.
I am so angry, I will not be watching Gardeners World again.
Gimmickry rules the day. It goes through all the gardening presentation too: I watch Chelsea now on the red button where I can avoid Joe Swift, who inspires me almost to violence. I used to watch GW a lot, but now I stick with GQT and use the web.
And yes, I'd be lured back to see Carol with her own show. Or another one-off series, at least. Each year. And can we have one from Jekka, too? And one from Pippa full of horrible bugs and blights and how to vanquish them.