Sir Trevor McDonald has said he favours people being given jobs on merit rather than as part of hitting diversity quotas.
The journalist, 81, who became the presenter of ITV’s News at Ten in 1992, said: ‘I understand why people do it and why people think about quotas… but there is a philosophical downside about that.
‘It’s awful if you walk into a place and they say “Oh I know why she got that job because they are looking for women”.
I think that is so unfair on the people. Maybe you were the best person for that job and so I am more interested in meritocracy… where someone is employed because they can do the job.’