John McCririck suing Channel 4 over ‘ageist’ sacking
Racing pundit John McCririck has said the will be taking legal action against Channel 4, stating that the broadcaster dropped him because of his age.
The 72-year-old claims that he was sacked "without any consultation" and is now after £3 million for loss of future earnings.
He was let go last year after 29 years with the broadcaster, as it unveiled its new presenting team that is headed up by Clare Balding.
The station said it would be "vigorously defending this claim" from McCririck.
In a statement, Channel 4 said while it was very grateful for the service of McCririck over 29 years, it rejects the suggestion that discrimination played any part in his sacking.
His statement was released yesterday (January 9th) and read: "I believe this landmark action will be a beacon to motivate numerous workers still productive as ever, but now living in dread of being unjustly axed."