Saturday 26 May 2018

Pundit McCririck loses tribunal ageism case

John McCririck on TV in 2009
John McCririck on TV in 2009
The pundit's wife Jenny

Ella Pickover and Ellen Branagh

Racing pundit John McCririck has lost his age discrimination employment tribunal case.

The 73-year-old argued that he was dumped from his high-profile role on Channel 4 Racing by "anonymous suits and skirts" as part of a drive to hire younger faces.

But a Central London Employment Tribunal panel ruled against him.

The pundit, famed for his deerstalker and tic-tac gestures, took his former employer and TV production company IMG Media to the tribunal, alleging his sacking last year was motivated by age discrimination.

Both firms denied discrimination in the £3m (€3.6m) case.

McCririck said: "This is an historic setback for all employees in their 30s to their 70s."

During the hearing McCririck claimed sexist remarks and rude behaviour, especially on reality TV shows 'Celebrity Big Brother' and 'Celebrity Wife Swap', were a "pantomime" role that had been actively encouraged by Channel 4.

But the panel was told by witnesses that he was dropped because he was "offensive".

McCririck was ditched when Channel 4 awarded their racing contract to IMG Media last year, and unveiled a new team headed by Clare Balding.

Irish Independent

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