BBC Breakfast has been slammed as a 'sexist' place to work by a former presenter.
The daily news show – which was formerly known as Breakfast Time – will celebrate its 40th anniversary next week.
However, one of its former presenters has spoken out ahead of its milestone to recount how it was a 'sexist' place to be part of at one point.
Nick Ross, 75, was one of Breakfast Time's original presenters, hosting the show alongside Selina Scott in the 1980s.
He said: "As a rule, if a woman was there it was thought she was there because she was good looking.
"But if a bloke was there, he was perceived to be there because he was a good journalist.
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"There's no question that Selina Scott suffered quite a bit of that."
Nick – who has also presented Crimewatch during his career – also discussed how he initially had concerns about mixing hard news with lighter topics on the show, something BBC Breakfast continues to do on a daily basis.
He told Radio Times: "I was uncomfortable, frankly snobbish, about it. I argued against having an astrologer on.
"But the mix worked brilliantly. I even came to like Russell Grant."
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Former weatherman Francis Wilson also spoke about the team and their off-screen antics.
He said: "The presenters had a bond because we finished work at around 10am.
"We were the rowdy group in the corner of the wine bar at lunchtime, standing on the tables singing My Way."
BBC Breakfast airs daily from 6am on BBC One.
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