Meet the gorgeous young presenter who won over Channel Five bosses... and drew the wrath of Selina Scott



Channel Five's appointment of a young TV presenter has sparked a legal battle after veteran newsreader Selina Scott launched an age  discrimination claim against her bosses.

Isla Traquair  was made the sole presenter of the 7pm bulletin in a concerted attempt to attract more male viewers.

But the move may have backfired with 57-year-old Scott accusing Channel Five bosses of age discrimination.

Isla Traquair
Selina Scott

Glamorous Isla Traquair is Channel Five's new 7pm presenter, sparking  veteran newsreader Selina Scott to launch a sex discrimination claim against her bosses

The broadcaster will change its 7pm show, revamping the programme with the glamorous Isla Traquair as the sole presenter.

Miss Scott has now taken her claim to an employment tribunal after claiming bosses backed out of a presenting deal with her because she is too old, according to The Express.

She claims she was approved by bosses to cover for Natasha Kaplinsky, who is due to give birth next week, but instead appointed 28-year-old Traquair in her place.

Kaplinsky is not expected back for another 6 months.

The full five day hearing is expected to take place in December, while the preliminary hearing in Miss Scott's compensation battle began yesterday.

Channel Five's news, which relaunched this year with Ms Kaplinsky, will be now made less feminine amid fears its later bulletin is not appealing enough to men.

Five news editor David Kermode said: 'We are mindful of who the available audience is and men form a reasonable constituent.'

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Natasha Kaplinsky has helped attract women to the 5pm news but has turned men off the 7pm bulletin

While the 5pm news show has been a massive hit since the former BBC news presenter helped it relaunch, its 7pm show has only slightly improved.

So there is likely to be more sport, technology and property stories in the later bulletin at a time when female-skewed shows on other channels are on.

ITV airs Emmerdale in this time slot, while BBC1 has its hit magazine series The One Show on at the same time.

Five's new format for the late bulletin, appearing from next month, will be give a separate identity from the 5pm news.

The broadcaster has decided to make the changes after £1million a year Natasha Kaplinsky went on maternity leave last month.

Matt Barbet

Matt Barbet ill take over the 5pm news programme

Since then Traquair and fellow presenter Matt Barbet have been sharing the hosting on both of the channels evening bulletins.

Barbet is to be handed the 5pm programme which continue to concentrate on a daytime style audience.

The 7pm bulletin will be changed to appeal more to men in the audience.

Kaplinsky has yet to have her baby and is not expected back on screen for another six months.

Five News chiefs are using Kaplinsky's time off to try out new things with the format of its news.

The broadcaster completely overhauled its news coverage in February, which has doubled the audience on its 5pm show.

Earlier this month, despite the fact that Kaplinsky was already on maternity leave, the show got a record audience peaking at 1.1million viewers.

But the 7pm show has fared less well with only a small increase in its audience.

It gets on average about 400,000 viewers, about half what the earlier bulletin usually pulls in.






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