Sue Barker is leaving A Question Of Sport after 23 years as part of a major shake-up of the programme.
Team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell will also depart the long-running BBC sports quiz show and follows Sky Sports’ decision to enact a major albeit controversial revamp of Soccer Saturday.
Former tennis star Barker, 64, took over as presenter of the show from commentator David Coleman in 1997.
Former England rugby union scrum-half Dawson, 47, and former England spin bowler Tufnell, 54, have led their teams on the show for 16 and 12 years respectively, with the trio’s final series together set to 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.
‘Sue, Matt and Phil’s final series will be broadcast next year.’
Tufnell and Dawson both took to Twitter on Sunday morning, admitting they will hugely miss not being on the popular BBC show in the future.
Tufnell wrote: ’13 yrs @QuestionofSport has been a great part of life… going to miss it hugely… thanks so much for all the lovely messages!!’
Dawson tweeted: ‘Thanks for all the lovely messages. I’m not sure how to respond so I’ll have a think. Needless to say I will miss @QuestionofSport immensely…’
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 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.
Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood and former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson were among the new pundits on Saturday’s show.
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