The BBC has defended overhauling A Question of Sport with a new presenting line-up after viewers complained the show has been ‘ruined’.
The latest series of the beloved programme kicked off last week, with Paddy McGuinness making his hosting debut alongside team captains Sam Quek and Ugo Monye.
The trio has replaced Sue Barker, Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson.
While many viewers were happy to see A Question Of Sport back on their screens, others voiced their upset and demanded the old presenters back.
‘Have watched Question of Sport for a lot of years going back to the 70’s but this is the first time I’ve switched over,’ wrote one. ‘Bring back Sue, Matt and Phil.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another blasted: ‘Looks like @bbc have totally ruined what was an excellent program. Bring back Sue Barker and co.’ (sic)
The BBC, however, defended giving the series a shake-up.
‘Question of Sport has been a firm favourite of BBC One audiences for over 50 years,’ a spokesperson said in a statement.
‘One of the reasons the show remains successful is because the hosts and captains change.
‘It’s always been important that Question of Sport remains an authentic sports quiz which we hope continues to entertain.’
Before the series kicked off, Paddy insisted that despite some changes and a different line-up, the main premise remains the same.
‘All the games have been high-scoring, so there’s been plenty of answers and plenty of fun. I think people on a Friday night, especially when the family gets around the telly, they’re going to enjoy it,’ he said.
’It’s not a whole, brand new thing, it’s just nice and chilled, but with a few new elements.
‘I like the dynamic and how it’s working, and I like how it works on the floor as well.’
A Question Of Sport airs Fridays at 7.35pm on BBC One.Credit: Original article published here.