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BBC hired woman presenter because of 'pressure from the top

Former BBC Radio 2 DJ Simon Mayo has claimed the BBC hired Jo Whiley as his co-host because of pressure to have more women in daytime shows.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Mayo said that he was told would be getting a co-presenter on his 5pm-7pm slot by his agent. He said that he specifically asked for it be Whiley, as the pair already knew each other.

“I was concerned that they'd pluck a co-presenter out of a bag somewhere, and I said it needed to be Jo,” he explained. “I've known her for a long time, and our families had been on holiday together.”

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February 12, 2019

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