WIRRAL'S Sam Quek could be one of the last team captains on A Question of Sport after the BBC says it has benched the long-running quiz show, ending a more than 50-year run on the national broadcaster.

A BBC spokesman said: “Due to inflation and funding challenges, difficult decisions have to be made, therefore Question of Sport is currently not in production at the moment.”

The national broadcaster cited “value for money” for BBC licence fee payers, which has seen the network reshuffle its squad of shows to prioritise high-impact content that drives viewers to BBC iPlayer.

A BBC source advised that this is not the final whistle for the programme, which first aired in 1970.

The suspension of A Question Of Sport comes after Sue Barker was dropped as a presenter in 2020, alongside long-running team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.

Paddy McGuinness took over the hosting gig alongside the Wirral hockey star and former rugby union player Ugo Monye, but their tenure only lasted two seasons.