Host Parkinson attacks TV's 'focus on youth'
An obsession with youth has "distorted the standards" of TV, Michael Parkinson (78) has said.
The former chat-show host called for the return of a daily current affairs show such as 'Tonight' and said that today's equivalent, 'The One Show', was no match for the 1950/60s series, which attracted audiences of seven million.
He told the 'Radio Times' that broadcasters David Frost and Alan Whicker, who both died recently, were his "inspirational heroes".
"The One Show is an agreeable frolic but it's hardly a finishing school for a generation of television reporters," he said of the BBC1 programme.
Technology had changed much for the better, but much of the content was worse, he said.