UK - Several BBC newsreaders are to be allowed to draw their pensions at age 50 following a concession from the Inland Revenue.
The move puts the newsreaders in line with ITN newsreaders who have been allowed to draw a pension at age 50 since the 1970s.
BBC – and all other – newsreaders now join a list of professions which the Inland Revenue deems to merit early retirement.
The IR had allowed the disparity after ITN argued its newsreaders were involved in the writing, sub-editing and production of their programme while BBC newsreaders merely read the news.
The IR move only affects newsreaders who took out retirement annuity contracts, which were phased out in 1998.
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