Presenter Peter Purves dropped from Crufts after 42 years.

Long serving Crufts presenter Peter Purves has been dropped from the Channel 4 show.

He claims he has been axed because he’s too old at 80.

In defiance he said he was “angry and upset” by the decision.

Mr Purves – who also presented Blue Peter from 1967 to 1978 – said:

There wasn’t a hint last year at the show – this would be my 42nd year presenting.

“It’s part of my life. I was very shocked; I was very hurt.

“I believe that the diktat that’s probably come from Channel 4 is we want a younger presentation team.

“I know that that was said, no one’s written it down for me, but I know that’s been said.

“Channel 4 want a younger presentation team, so I had to go.

“I do a number of great big outdoor events, the Countryfile Live event at Blenheim Palace.

“I hope that I carry on running dog arenas at big shows.

“I’m not worried about it being on television, but I don’t believe that because you reach a certain age, your talent, your skill, should just be dismissed.

“I feel I’ve been part of that show for a long, long time – so that’s what it’s very hard to break the feeling on.

“There’s a void.”

Mr Purves, who has six dogs, said:

“It wasn’t a nice telephone call to be told he had been dropped.

“It went ‘well there’s no easy way to say this, but actually you’re surplus to requirements – we don’t need you.’”.

About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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