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 comedianCredit: BBC
Comedian Jack Whitehall is thought to be in the mix to host the quiz showCredit: Getty
The corporation has poached top telly executive Pete Ogden, the man behind Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, for the reboot.
Stand up comedian Mo Gilligan, who also appears on Celebrity Gogglebox, is also in the frame to host the telly showCredit: Getty – Contributor
Lancaster-born funnyman Jon Richardson, who has been captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, is also in the runningCredit: handout
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 showCredit: PA
“Everyone at the Beeb is really excited. It’s going to be brilliant.”
Last year fans cried ageism after the duo, plus Sue, were axed.
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