State broadcaster, All India Radio has sacked 100 presenters from its programming line-up aged over 35.
The Hindu reports that some of the presenters that had been with the station for the last 19 years, were dropped at the weekend.
The move was initiated by All India Radio’s Directorate General in a circular in October 2013, arguing that in order to infuse freshness in presentation of programmes the upper age limit of the presenters was fixed at 30. The age limit was then changed to 35.
As a result of protests and backlash from the media, the station has since performed a U-turn. According to Telegraph India, presenters maybe able to stay if they pass the test and prove they don۪t sound too mature and boring. The broadcaster has now taken a sympathetic view, sources said, citing the protests as the main reason.
FM programmes are primarily aimed at youngsters. At times, we received complaints that our jockeys are very boring and too mature for the programmes they present, an official from All India Radio said.