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Ex-Channel 4 presenter loses age discrimination claim

15 November 2013 #Employment

John McCririck was a horse racing broadcaster for Channel 4 for 28 years.  In 2012 he was let go aged 72. McCririck claimed this was because Channel 4, and the TV production company IMG Media Limited, were ageist and wanted to hire younger faces (See our previous blog - John McCririck age discrimination case: the final furlong).

McCririck has always been known for his flamboyant dress sense.  But over more recent years he has also been known for his chauvinistic outbursts on programmes such as Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Wife Swap.

The Tribunal ruled on 13 November 2013 that there had been no age discrimination. He was dismissed because his pantomime persona and his views were “clearly unpalatable to a wider potential audience”. 

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