Alastair Stewart swipes at Carol Vorderman after host sacked by BBC

Carol Vorderman leaves BBC radio show over new social media guidelines

Alastair Stewart issued a dig on social media as the broadcaster also took aim at the BBC.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, the 71-year-old addressed Carol Vorderman’s departure from BBC Radio Wales, which caused a stir among his 79,800 followers on Thursday evening.

He wrote: “Odd when the BBC is said to have sacked Somone who you didn’t even know worked for the BBC.”(sic)

His comment comes after Carol, 62, dramatically quit over the BBC’s new social media rules – which she said would have silenced her on social media.

She also admitted breaching the rules and said bosses told her she “must leave”.

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In a statement, the Countdown legend said: “After five years, I’m leaving my Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Wales.

“The BBC recently introduced new social media guidelines which I respect.

“However, despite my show being lighthearted with no political content, it was explained to me that as it is a weekly show in my name, the new guidelines would apply to all and any content that I post all year round.

“Since those non-negotiable changes to my radio contract were made, l’ve ultimately found that l’m not prepared to lose my voice on social media, change who I am, or lose the ability to express the strong beliefs I hold about the political turmoil this country finds itself in.

“My decision has been to continue to criticise the current UK government for what it has done to the country which I love – and I’m not prepared to stop. I was brought up to fight for what I believe in, and I will carry on.

“Consequently I have now breached the new guidelines and BBC Wales management have decided I must leave. We each must make our decisions.

“I’m sad to have to leave the wonderful friends l’ve made at Radio Wales. I wish them, and all of our listeners, all the love in the world.

“We laughed a lot, and we will miss each other dearly. But for now, another interesting chapter begins.”

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A spokesperson for the BBC said: “Carol has been a presenter on BBC Radio Wales since 2018.

“We’d like to thank her for her work and contribution to the station over the past five years.”

The former Countdown presenter fronted the two-hour and 30 minute show on BBC Radio Wales every Saturday.

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