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Sue’s de­fi­ant smile af­ter Ques­tion Of Sport ax­ing

- By Paul Jeeves Pic­ture: GOFF Television Presenters · Celebrities · Cotswolds · England · Alex Scott · BBC One · Miriam Hopkins · Matt Dawson · Sue Barker

SUE Barker cast the BBC ageism row aside as she was seen pub­licly for the first time since be­ing axed as A Ques­tion Of Sport host.

The for­mer ten­nis ace, 64, beamed as she ven­tured from her Cotswolds home to take her dogs for a walk.

Sue looked ra­di­ant as she lapped up the early au­tumn sun­shine in de­signer sun­glasses. But friends say she has been left dev­as­tated af­ter be­ing dumped from the long- run­ning sports quiz af­ter 24 years.

They be­lieve she is the lat­est star to fall foul of the cor­po­ra­tion’s ob­ses­sion with tar­get­ing younger au­di­ences.

Team cap­tains Matt

Daw­son, 47, and Phil Tufnell, 54, have also been chopped as the BBC strives to in­crease on- screen di­ver­sity.

Vet­eran pre­sen­ter Sue will con­tinue fronting the BBC’s Wim­ble­don cov­er­age hav­ing signed a three- year deal last year.

For­mer Eng­land foot­ball star Alex Scott has been tipped to re­place Sue. Last

Old guard... Matt Daw­son, 47, Sue Barker, 64, and Phil Tufnell, 54. Right, Sue with dogs year Of­com warned the BBC could risk los­ing a gen­er­a­tion of view­ers as less than half of young peo­ple aged 16- 24 tuned into BBC TV chan­nels in an av­er­age week.

Ex- Coun­try­file host Miriam O’Reilly won an em­ploy­ment tri­bunal against the BBC over ageism af­ter be­ing axed at 53.

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