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Furious Question Of Sport fans launch petition to reverse axing of show host Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tuffnel

ANGRY Question Of Sport fans have launched a petition to reverse the BBC’s decision to axe Sue Barker, Phil Tuffnell and Matt Dawson.

The popular trio were shocked to learn they were being dropped from the show in a huge revamp.

Question Sport viewers want axed trio Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell back

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Question Sport viewers want axed trio Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell back

It infuriated viewer Jilly-Anne Skinner and prompted her to set up a Change.org petition.

She declared: “Leave it alone! Stop making your programmes political and leave long standing shows that work and people enjoy alone!”

Newsreader Alastair Stewart was another who wants the Corporation to make a U-turn.

He tweeted: “This, as other presenters are promoted well before their time, risks TV being seen as having lost its way. The simple fact is that Sue Barker is a brilliant, popular, knowledgeable presenter.

“When programme makers put box-ticking and quotas ahead of talent and merit, you risk poor programmes, poorly presented.

Sue has presented the show for 24 years

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Sue has presented the show for 24 yearsCredit: PA:Press Association

“I don’t do petitions but I’d hope Tim Davie looks at it and the motivation behind it.”

It comes as host Sue, 64, insisted she didn’t quit and was “removed” from the job by the BBC.

But Sue – who is the face of Wimbledon for the BBC – said she wouldn’t have left the show and only did because she was “removed”.

“I love the show so much they would have to remove me, it would have been tough for me to walk away.

“I absolutely loved my 24 years fronting A Question Of Sport, it’s been my dream job,” she told the Daily Mail.

“But I understand the BBC want to take the show in a new direction and I’m sad to say goodbye.”

Sue will still present the BBC's Wimbledon coverage

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Sue will still present the BBC’s Wimbledon coverageCredit: BBC

The white middle-aged stars were said to have been “blind-sided” by the decision from Corporation bosses to ditch them despite the show’s continued popularity.

Stunned viewers accused Beeb bosses of putting political-correctness over what audience want as Ms Barker revealed she had been told the show would go in “a new direction”.

Confused Matt Dawson himself confessed on Twitter: “I’m not sure how to respond.”

Reacting to the news on Saturday, Barker said: “I’ve absolutely loved my 24 years fronting A Question of Sport, it’s been my dream job.

“But I understand the BBC want to take the show in a new direction and I’m sad to say goodbye.”

Tufnell wrote: “13 yrs Question of Sport has been a great part of life, going to miss it hugely, thanks so much for all the lovely messages.”

Dawson tweeted: “Thanks for all the lovely messages. I’m not sure how to respond so I’ll have a think.

“Needless to say I will miss Question of Sport immensely.”

The stars were surprised by the decision to axe them all

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The stars were surprised by the decision to axe them allCredit: Rex Features

A BBC insider told The Sun: “The show has been on for a long time and the producers think it’s time to give it a new look.

“Sue, Matt and Tuffers have been so popular, so the producers are aware they will have big shoes to fill.

“With the 50th anniversary this year they thought it would be a good time to revamp things.”

A spokesman said: “We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show’s longest-reigning host over the last 23 years, and Matt and Phil for their excellent team captaincy over 16 and 12 years respectively.

Audiences fumed after getting rid of the lineup

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Audiences fumed after getting rid of the lineupCredit: Getty – Contributor

“Together they have ensured A Question of Sport remains a firm favourite with the BBC One audience.

“Sue, Matt and Phil’s final series will be broadcast next year before the series returns with a new team.”

The show, which has been a regular feature of the BBC’s schedules, celebrated its 50th anniversary and 1,200 episodes in May. The stars’ final series will be shown next year.

Over the years the show has attracted a host of famous faces from the world of sport including George BestPat Cash and Jessica Ennis-Hill. Princess Anne appeared in the 200th episode.

The shake-up follows other older female talent leaving the BBC with Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey both leaving Radio 4’s Woman’s hour.

Sue Barker introduces Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell on A Question of Sport




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