BBC presenter Clare Balding, lauded for her coverage of the 2012 Olympics and recently named “most fascinating person in Britain” by Tatler, has been signed up by UK telco BT to host a unique chat show for the company’s upcoming sports channels.
Balding will present and co-produce a weekly sports magazine show that will feature interviews with major sporting names and discussion of big sporting issues, and also shine a spotlight on women’s sport.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “We are thrilled to have signed a broadcaster of Clare’s calibre for BT Sport. She excels at presenting a variety of different sports and she showed last summer what an accomplished live performer she is.
“We wanted to give Clare an opportunity to anchor her own weekly show, which we see as a flagship programme for BT Sport. Clare shares our desire to highlight more women’s sports on our channels, so she will be a perfect choice.”
Clare will continue to present racing for Channel 4, as well as other radio and television work for the BBC. She currently also fronts the Saturday primetime show Britain’s Brightest for BBC1.
BT will be launching its sports channels later this year, in time for its transmission of 38 live games from the 2013/14 season of the Barclays Premier League, which will be hosted by another high-profile ex-BBC presenter, Jake Humphrey.
The channels will be based at the iCITY development at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.