A QUESTION of Sport fans has called on the BBC to save Sue Barker from the chopping block amid positive discrimination row.
The BBC caused fury among its viewers over the weekend after it axed the hugely popular host Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell in what critics have described as a ‘Diversity-inspired’ shake-up following the Black Lives Matter protests that swept Britain earlier this Summer.
Sue Barker, who has hosted the smash-hit BBC show since 1997 told the Sunday Mirror of her “Sadness” as being axed from the long-running show after hosting the BBC programme for a staggering 23 years.
In a poll of more than 1,000 Politicalite readers, 89.7% said the BBC should not axe Barker, Dawson and Tufnell to make the broadcaster more-inclusive following the #BLM protests earlier this year.
The shake-up was also mocked by Defund the BBC who told Politicalite that the publicly-funded broadcaster “appears to be desperately rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic”.
“Using licence fee payers’ money to try to appeal to a youth audience who are never going to pay, whilst ditching all the favourite programmes of those that do.”
“The BBC believe diversity – of ethnicity, not thought or class or age – is the key to future success.”
“It’s time the BBC was forced into the open market to test its theory.” added the group.
HAVE YOUR SAY! Should the BBC's @QuestionofSport axe Sue Barker, Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson to make the BBC more-inclusive following the #BLM protests earlier this year? VOTE & RT! *Replies may be used in an article.
— Politicalite UK (@politicalite) September 14, 2020
Barker, 64 who is a former Tennis player will be filming her last show at the helm of the iconic BBC show later this month.
She told the Sunday Mirror: “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.”
The BBC is also planning to axe team captains Matt Dawson, 47, and Phil Tufnell, 54 in what critics have described as a ‘BLM-inspired shake-up’ that is sure to send fans contacting New BBC boss Tim Davie to show their support for the much-loved stars of the show.
Mick said: “It is about the only TV programme where the laughter is genuine.”
Another wrote: “Awkward question I would keep the presenters, after all they are the best bit of programme But the existence of the BBC in its current form is ridiculous”
One fan said: “Why should they loose their jobs based on the Colour of their skin. That is Racist.”
Why should they loose their jobs based on the Colour of their skin. That is Racist.
— Seek first to understand (@Catwoman1099) September 14, 2020
Darth wrote: “Screw the BLM nonsense!”
Screw the BLM nonsense!
— Darth Maul (@DarthMaul_MGBGA) September 14, 2020
Peter said: “Woke BBC in action all black disabled trans athletes next.”
Woke BBC in action all black disabled trans athletes next.
— Peter John Williams (@woburnx) September 14, 2020
Some said the BBC had made the right choice.
QoS viewer Freddie told Politicalite on Twitter that it was “”100%” right to axe the trio.
“Show’s been brutal for years. Both poor captains and Sue Barker doesn’t appeal to the younger generation.” said Feddie.
“Time keeps moving it’s just a natural process, folk need to calm down”
100% yes. Show’s been brutal for years. Both poor captains and Sue Barker doesn’t appeal to the younger generation. Time keeps moving it’s just a natural process, folk need to calm down 😂
— Freddie ⚽️ (@Freddie_23_23) September 14, 2020
A BBC spokesperson told Politicalite: “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.”
“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.”
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