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McCririck sues Channel 4 for ageism

McCririck sues Channel 4 for ageism

John McCririck has revealed he is suing Channel 4 for as much as £3 million because he believes he was dismissed for being too old. The racing pundit and presenter has already criticised the broadcaster’s decision to award the contract to cover horse racing to IMG Sports Media and end the previous deal with Highflyer.

Now the 72-year-old is going further and suing Channel 4 for damages. He claims that ageism has become “the feared scourge of our society” for many people and that the litigation will be a “watershed” moment. McCririck said:

“Channel 4 and production company IMG Sports Media were each served a letter before action for age discrimination. After 29 years with Channel 4 Racing, on a rolling annual contract, I have been sacked without any consultation or cogent explanation.

“I am 72. For loss of future earnings, unfair career damaging, public humiliation, stress and mental anguish, I will be seeking £500,000.”

The outspoken star, known for his sideburns, deerstalker and jewellery, was replaced by a new presenting team fronted by Clare Balding and he insists there is no limit to the amount of money that can be awarded by the courts and he will be seeking a total of £3 million. He added:

“There’s no upper limit to the amount of damages employment tribunals can award under the Equality Act 2010.

“I am seeking a further exemplary, punitive £2.5m, part of which will be donated to charitable organisations helping to prevent negative prejudice in the workplace.”

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