sport news Cornelius Lysaght exit the latest example of BBC replacing class with claptrap 

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JONATHAN McEVOY: It's a bonfire of the BBC talent with Cornelius Lysaght exit the latest example of class being replaced by claptrap Cornelius Lysaght is latest prominent name to leave the BBC after other exits He follows the recent departures of Garry Richardson and Jonathan Overend There are still some outstanding broadcasters but they are a diminishing cast

By Jonathan McEvoy for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:05 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 22:34 GMT, 2 December 2019

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So Cornelius Lysaght, master of suave words, is going from the airwaves and they think it is business as usual at Tower of Babel HQ, also known as BBC Radio sport.

It is not.

For 30 years, Lysaght was the well-modulated voice of racing on the nation’s state-funded Beeb, their supremely well-informed correspondent on everything from the big horsey news to tittle-tattle gossip. He had everyone’s ear in that incestuous world and he was equally trusted by his informants and his listeners.

Radio racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght is latest prominent name to leave the BBC

Radio racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght is latest prominent name to leave the BBC

But, hey, he is white and 54, and as you may have gathered, he is male, and the powers that lust after a youth audience believe he is disposable.

One man’s imminent going might not be a major subject of national debate if it were in isolation. But it isn’t a one-off. His departure from 5 Live forms part of a pattern that cannot be ignored.

Lysaght follows Garry Richardson, presenter of the intelligent Sportsweek programme, which asked pertinent questions every Sunday morning, and Jonathan Overend, the corporation’s fine former tennis correspondent, in filing out of the studio.

Richardson, it should be said, decided of his own volition that he was lightening his duties. But could not Sportsweek have taken on a new presenter?

BBC radio show Sportsweek was axed following the departure of presenter Garry Richardson

BBC radio show Sportsweek was axed

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