A Question of Sport’s Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell to leave in huge shake-up

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After 23 years, Sue Barker will step down as A Question of Sport host as part of a huge BBC shake-up. Team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell will also leave the show after leading their teams for 16 and 12 years respectively. The trio will be replaced by a brand new line-up which has yet to be announced. 

A BBC spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show’s longest-reigning host over the last 24 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.”

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

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“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,” the source told Daily Star.

A Question of Sport fans were devastated by the news and took to Twitter to comment.

One said: “Sue Barker leaving BBC’s A Question of Sport – along with Dawson and Tuffers too….nooooooooo!! Well, that’s ruined a lovely sunny Sunday morning!!!! #aquestionofsport.”

“That has ruined my day, the BBC revamping #QuestionofSport, that means dumbing down and chavving up!! Have loved #SueBarker as the host so much,” another shared. 

While a third wrote: “No. No. No. Bad decision as Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell leaving Question of Sport in shake-up.”

“#suebarker Another big BBC mistake. It’s an iconic programme and I don’t know if it will be the same without Sue, Matt and Phil. We will see, I might be wrong,” someone else shared.

A fifth added: “I’m a huge fan of @QuestionofSport. Gutted Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and The Cat are set to be axed. I sincerely hope it was partly their choice. Sue Barker a brilliant presenter in particular.”

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