Question of Sport ‘eyes up top comics’ for possible Sue Barker replacement

The BBC has a number of comics in the running to present A Question of Sport, reports claim.

It was revealed last year that Sue Barker and team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell would be leaving the sporting quiz show.

Alex Scott was initially believed to be in the running for the role, but now The Sun reports that she's actually set to be a team captain.

The show – which has run since 1970 – is set for a major overhaul as well, said to be based on a hybrid between Have I Got News For You and A League Of Their Own.

The reboot has sought the help of Pete Ogden, who helped to create Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

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. Everyone at the Beeb is really excited. It's going to be brilliant."

Among the names reportedly lined up for screen tests are The Masked Singer and Celebrity Gogglebox star Mo Gilligan, and 8 Out Of 10 Cats' Jon Richardson.

Daily Star Online has contacted representatives for both, while a rep for Alex Scott declined to comment.

The BBC, meanwhile, says a final decision has not been made.

The decision to remove the trio of Sue, Matt and Phil has been met with some pushback.

Sue told The 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."

Complaints of ageism arose when the decision was announced, GMB's Susanna Reid remarking: "Only a week after I wrote that the BBC wouldn't sack an older woman these days, it goes and does just that to 64-year-old Sue Barker."

Susanna added: "It's really too bad; Sue was a pioneer and a role model before many of A Question Of Sport's new producers were even born."

It's not known when A Question of Sport will return.

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