John McCririck: "An uninvited guest in people's living rooms"

As you will have probably seen in the press, John McCririck has lost his age discrimination claim against Channel 4 and IMG Media Ltd (“IMG”).

During the hearing, the Employment Judges viewed extracts from ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, ‘Ultimate Big Brother’ and ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ and concluded unanimously that Mr McCririck was not subjected to direct discrimination on the grounds of his age. Mr McCririck who considered his TV appearances to be ‘pantomime’ was well known for his sexist views and male chauvinism with the tribunal’s judgment specifically noting that he comes across “overbearing and sexist”.

The Tribunal found that Channel 4’s decision to dismiss Mr McCririck was part of its overall aim of bringing horse racing to a wider audience.  The Tribunal was satisfied that this was a legitimate aim which was proportionately achieved by dismissing Mr McCririck. It concluded therefore that Mr McCririck was dismissed for a reason wholly unconnected with his age.

Mr McCririck commented after the hearing that “my failed legal action ensures that anonymous suits and skirts, who control the media, numerous other businesses and the public sector, will now enjoy complete freedom to replace older employees whatever their unimpaired ability and merit”.

Kayleigh Leonie