This is Radio 5 Live's Simon Mayo. He is about do a trial stint on BBC TV's Breakfast programme. However, he nearly didn't get the gig as a senior BBC honcho thought he was "too ugly". Christ knows where that leaves the likes of me, then! But it illustrates the mindset of TV executives who believe that unless you have the body beautiful and are preferably under 35, you won't get on screen.
Simon Mayo has proved to be a huge asset to 5 Live. His thoughtful and conversational interviewing style has made him the station's star interviewer. He's as comfortable interviewing Ozzy Osborne as he is speaking to David Cameron. His broadcasts from New Hampshire this week have been nothing less than riveting, providing the best coverage on the radio of the primary. From a selfish point of view I hope he won't be lost to 5 Live, but I suspect he will be an outstanding success on Breakfast TV.