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McCririck 'panto style' criticised

A senior television producer suggested John McCririck should be dropped from the revamped Channel 4 racing line-up because his "pantomime" presenting was a distraction, an employment tribunal has heard.

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Channel 4: Age played no part in McCririck's axing

Channel 4 has thanked John McCririck for his years of racing broadcasting, but confirmed it will "vigorously" fight the claim he was dropped because of his age.

A statement was released ahead of the tribunal opening in central London.

We are grateful to John McCririck for his contribution towards Channel 4 Racing over many years.

However we reject the suggestion that discrimination on the basis of age played any part in the decision not to include John in the Channel 4 Racing team from 2013 and we are vigorously defending this claim.

– Channel 4 spokesman

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