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19th Oct 2023

BBC axe Match of the Day for Gen-Z


The BBC have quietly decided to axe MOTDx – the Match of the Day spin-off hosted by Jermaine Jenas.

As revealed by The Telegraph, the BBC have confirmed that the show, primarily aimed for people between the ages of 16-34 by mixing football, music and culture, after four years.

It follows only a month after doubts about the future of the BBC’s Saturday lunchtime programme, Football Focus, emerged.

A BBC spokesperson confirmed that the decision to axe MOTDx was made before the start of the season. They said: “We have made some changes to our football output this season which means we will be producing even more digital content for audiences across BBC Sport platforms.

“Whilst we are proud of MOTDx and would like to thank everyone involved, it will no longer continue.”

Jenas had been the presenter of the BBC Three programme and has long been touted to be Gary Lineker’s replacement on the main edition of Match of the Day when he steps aside.

Lineker even admitted himself that he would like to see Jenas replace him. He said: “Obviously there are a lot of pundits who didn’t make the list we were given.

“The likes of Andy Gray, Danny Murphy who is a brilliant analyst, Jermaine Jenas – who is probably drifting more towards my role. I think Jermaine is doing it really well as well, doing The One Show.”

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