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Old 13-09-2020, 21:42   #1
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Sue Barker leaving "A Question of Sport"

A Question of Sport host Sue Barker is leaving the BBC quiz show after 24 years, as part of a major shake-up at the programme.

Team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell will also depart the long-running sports quiz show.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54135771
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Old 14-09-2020, 05:47   #2
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A Question of Sport host Sue Barker is leaving the BBC quiz show after 24 years, as part of a major shake-up at the programme.

Team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell will also depart the long-running sports quiz show.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54135771
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Old 14-09-2020, 09:51   #3
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Re: Sue Barker leaving "A Question of Sport"

Someone at the BBC has decided the show needs fixing, and has sacked (or rather declined to offer new contracts to) all three of the show's regulars. QoS will be back, but most likely in name only. The fact that it's only ever had three hosts in 50 years, with Sue Barker doing almost half of it, gives you a clue how little it's actually changed in all that time.
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Re: Sue Barker leaving "A Question of Sport"

I forgot they still made it. Always found it quite tedious to be honest.
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Old 14-09-2020, 11:35   #5
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Re: Sue Barker leaving "A Question of Sport"

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Sue Barker insisted she didn't quit A Question Of Sport and was "removed" from the job by the BBC.

The former tennis player, 64, was axed from the sports quiz alongside team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell so bosses can revamp it.

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."
A new direction? Obviously the existing show is insuficiently woke.
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Old 14-09-2020, 19:16   #6
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Re: Sue Barker leaving "A Question of Sport"

Generally speaking, I find "a new direction" makes things worse.

I stopped watching this some 25 years ago (when David Coleman was still doing it).

Given Sue is 64, she should be happy to retire.
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Re: Sue Barker leaving "A Question of Sport"

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Sadly, Question of Sport no longer satisfies the new era in which Diversity, Gender Awareness, Disability, Equal Rights and Socioeconomic values play such an important role.
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Re: Sue Barker leaving "A Question of Sport"

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Generally speaking, I find "a new direction" makes things worse.
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Given Sue is 64, she should be happy to retire.
I am happy for her to keep hosting Wimbledon. I don't know how long she has been doing it for but it is defo been more than 25 years because I started watching it in 1993 and she was hosting it back then.
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Someone at the BBC has decided the show needs fixing, and has sacked (or rather declined to offer new contracts to) all three of the show's regulars. QoS will be back, but most likely in name only. The fact that it's only ever had three hosts in 50 years, with Sue Barker doing almost half of it, gives you a clue how little it's actually changed in all that time.
I suspect you are right. It could be a new producer, just wanting to put their mark on the show I've worked in a few offices where a new manager has come in and changed stuff seemingly for no reason. Often it was because they wanted to make their mark.

I've even read that a few years ago, a new Producer joined Eastenders. He joined, and a few weeks later, introduced a storyline that ultimately killed two of the main characters. It is rumoured he was sending a message to the cast, that he was in charge. Entirely possible, but still a rumour.

OK, so the EE Producer didn't kill off the entire cast, but maybe the new producer is trying to change things. After all, if the change is successful, then the new producer can argue on their CV that they successfully rebooted a successful UK TV franchise.

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I forgot they still made it. Always found it quite tedious to be honest.
Same here. I used to watch it when I was a kid, but, TBH, that was because we only had one colour TV, and my dad enjoyed it. Not like now, when if anyone in the family wants to watch something (be it on TV or online), they have dozens of different ways they can watch it.
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I suspect you are right. It could be a new producer, just wanting to put their mark on the show I've worked in a few offices where a new manager has come in and changed stuff seemingly for no reason. Often it was because they wanted to make their mark.

I've even read that a few years ago, a new Producer joined Eastenders. He joined, and a few weeks later, introduced a storyline that ultimately killed two of the main characters. It is rumoured he was sending a message to the cast, that he was in charge. Entirely possible, but still a rumour.

OK, so the EE Producer didn't kill off the entire cast, but maybe the new producer is trying to change things. After all, if the change is successful, then the new producer can argue on their CV that they successfully rebooted a successful UK TV franchise.



Same here. I used to watch it when I was a kid, but, TBH, that was because we only had one colour TV, and my dad enjoyed it. Not like now, when if anyone in the family wants to watch something (be it on TV or online), they have dozens of different ways they can watch it.
Almost certainly true, but it won’t be the day to day series producer - someone who will have had the authority to make wholesale changes like this will be higher up the food chain. The BBC’s internal structuring is arcane in the extreme (W1A is not at all far from the truth), but it has a department called ‘in-house entertainment’ which may or may not be located within the Entertainment and Music division, which is itself located within BBC Productions. A new senior director somewhere in that reporting line is most likely responsible.
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Re: Sue Barker leaving "A Question of Sport"

Speculation in the red tops is that Alex Scott is being lined up for Sue's role.

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Re: Sue Barker leaving "A Question of Sport"

Its not just in the red tops either now as l would say its a cast iron certainty that she will become the new host of QOS.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/202...on-sport-host/
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Maybe, but it's also entirely possible the Sue Barker herself decided to leave.
After all, she is near retirement age, and even if she isn't going to retire, she has done the same job for a long time, so may have decided she wanted a change. Maybe they picked a woman who is apparently a well liked broadcaster, as well as an international sports woman . Exactly the same as Sue Barker was when she started.
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Re: Sue Barker leaving "A Question of Sport"

If you look at the quote in post #5 she is reported as saying it was the BBC that "removed" her rather than her wanting to quit.
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