Question of Sport want top comedian to host show in huge shake-up after Sue Barker’s exit

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A QUESTION of Sport could ditch its tradition of having a former athlete present the show — and instead opt for a comedian as the host.

BBC bosses are busy screen testing comics for the role in a bid to attract a younger generation of viewer.


Sue Barker – tennis ace and former host of BBC’s A Question of Sport is being replaced by a comedian[/caption]

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Stand up comedian Mo Gilligan, who also appears on Celebrity Gogglebox, is in the frame to host the telly show[/caption]

Host and former tennis ace Sue Barker, 64, was originally going to be replaced by the ex- England footballer Alex Scott, 36, who may now become a team captain instead, The Sun can reveal.

Funnymen including Mo Gilligan, 33, Jack Whitehall, 32, Jason Manford, 39, and Jon Richardson, 38 are among those said to be in the mix for hosting.

The corporation has poached top telly executive Pete Ogden, the man behind Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, for the reboot.

According to studio sources, the long-running show, which first aired in 1970, will now be a cross between Have I Got News For You and Sky One’s League of their Own.


Comedian Jack Whitehall is thought to be in the mix to host the quiz show[/caption]


Lancaster-born funnyman Jon Richardson, who has been captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, is also in the running[/caption]

A source said: “Pete is showbiz through and through, and will bring back some much-needed glamour to A Question of Sport

“Bosses are trying out various line-ups, and are keen on getting a comedian, rather than ex-sportsperson, to front it.

“The hope is to attract younger viewers and give the show a new lease of life.


Rugby’s Matt Dawson and ex-cricketer Phil Tufnell are also both being replaced in the reboot of the classic BBC show[/caption]

“Everyone at the Beeb is really excited. It’s going to be brilliant.”

It is not known who else is in the frame for a captain slot, previously taken by rugby’s Matt Dawson, 48, and ex-cricketer Phil Tufnell, 54.

Last year fans cried ageism after the duo, plus Sue, were axed.

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