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    Sue Barker to leave A Question of Sport after 23 years as programme follows Soccer Saturday shake-up

    Sue Barker to leave A Question of Sport after 23 years as programme follows in footsteps of Soccer Saturday in major shake up with Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell also departing popular BBC quiz show

    • Sue Barker took over as presenter from commentator David Coleman in 1997
    • Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell have been team captains for the 16 and 12 years 
    • The trio’s final series on the programme is set to be broadcast next year
    • The news comes after Soccer Saturday announced a major shake up themselves

    Sue Barker is leaving A Question Of Sport after 23 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 as the popular quiz show follows Soccer Saturday in enacting a major revamp.

    Former professional tennis player Barker, 64, took over as presenter from commentator David Coleman in 1997.

    Sue Barker (centre), Matt Dawson (left) and Phil Tufnell (right) are leaving A Question of Sport

    Former professional tennis player Barker took over as presenter from David Coleman in 1997

    Former professional tennis player Barker took over as presenter from David Coleman in 1997

    Former England rugby player Dawson, 47, and ex- international cricketer Tufnell, 54, have led their teams on the show for 16 and 12 years respectively.

    Their final series together will be broadcast next year.

    A BBC spokeswoman said: ‘We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show’s longest reigning host over the last 23 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.

    Former rugby star Dawson and ex-cricketer Tufnell have been captains for more than a decade

    Former rugby star Dawson and ex-cricketer Tufnell have been captains for more than a decade

    ‘Sue, Matt and Phil’s final series will be broadcast next year.’

    The new presenter and team captains have not been announced.

    Referred to by the BBC as ‘the world’s longest running TV sports quiz’, the first edition of A Question Of Sport aired in January 1970.

    The move comes weeks after the BBC’s director-general Lord Hall was succeeded in the role by Tim Davie, the former chief executive of commercial arm BBC Studios.

    The news comes after Soccer Saturday had their first show since their recent major shake-up

    The news comes after Soccer Saturday had their first show since their recent major shake-up

    The move also comes after Sky Sports announced that Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson would no longer be part of the Soccer Saturday team. 

    Regular host Jeff Stelling poked fun at the new-look punditry team in their first show back on Saturday, but the presenter himself also considered resigning after seeing his ‘best friends’ sacked.

    Paul Merson was one of the few regulars to survive the cull but his long-term future on the programme remains unclear. 

    Matt Le Tissier was last month axed from his role on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday show

    Matt Le Tissier was last month axed from his role on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday show

    Long-serving pundit and former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson has also left the show

    Charlie Nicholas was among those to be dismissed from the panel

    Phil Thompson (left) and Charlie Nicholas (right) also got the chop from the programme 

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