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Paddy McGuinness replaces Sue Barker as Question of Sport host

Paddy McGuinness replaces Sue Barker as Question of Sport host
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Paddy McGuinness is named as the new host of A Question of Sport, with Sam Quek and Ugo Monye joining as new team captains.

Paddy McGuinness has been named as the new host of the BBC's long-running quiz show A Question of Sport.

The Top Gear host will replace Sue Barker, who is stepping down after 24 years in the role.

Previous speculation had linked former footballer Alex Scott with the position, although she has since been confirmed as the new host of Football Focus.

In addition, ex-hockey star Sam Quek and former rugby international Ugo Monye have been named as the new team captains, replacing Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.

"I love the fiercely competitive nature of sports stars coupled with having a laugh," said McGuinness.

"That's why A Question of Sport has always been one of my favourite shows and having been weaned on it from an early age, this is an honour and opportunity I'm certainly not taking lightly.

"I grew up with both Davids hosting but it's Sue who made this show her own. She will always be A Question of Sport icon, but I'll try my best to stamp my own mark on it."

The BBC's entertainment director Kate Phillips said: "Paddy will be a great host, bringing his own wit and warmth to a very important role.

"And although he's a bit of a sports fanatic he's more than met his match in the form of Sam and Ugo; both incredible athletes who are still incredibly competitive!

"Sue, Matt and Phil leave big shoes to fill, and it will be exciting to see what this new talented trio bring to the show."

The new series will be filmed this summer and air on BBC One later this year.

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