The BBC has confirmed it has offered Andy Murray a lucrative contract to anchor its flagship nightly Ten O’Clock News programme.
The move follows Murray’s acclaimed debut as Wimbledon pundit earlier this week, his performance requiring Sue Barker to be resuscitated from ‘the giggles’ three times live on air.
BBC bigwigs moved fast after quickly identifying the three-times Grand Slam champ’s mix of self-deprecating dry humour combined with his trademark dour Scots delivery would be an ideal replacement for the overly-jovial Huw Edwards.
However, Murray has turned down the offer, feeling that he is slightly better at tennis.
The offer has incensed fellow pundit Tim Henman, who has had his eye on ousting Edwards for some time – but has been overlooked by BBC bosses due to his tendency to slip into foul-mouthed abuse during live broadcasts.
During his fag-break at Wimbledon, Henman ranted “Unbe-f**king-lievable! The big jock oaf couldn’t even be arsed to wear a tie, classless pr*ck!”.