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Clare Balding to host new sports chat show

Lesbian broadcaster who won hearts while presenting at the Olympics and Paralympics will front her own chat show
Lesbian broadcaster Clare Balding will host a weekly sport show on BT Sport, a new channel launching this summer.

The sports and television presenter who won British hearts while hosting the London Olympics and Paralympics will host a new sport chat show.

Clare Balding, a lesbian broadcaster, will host a weekly program featuring interviews, debates and chat about the latest news in sport.

She said: ‘I’d like to thank BT for giving me the opportunity to present my own magazine show.

‘I’m enthused by BT’s vision for sports coverage in the future and particularly their support women’s sport, an issue about which I feel very strongly. This is an exciting new venture for me and I can’t wait to get started.’

BT Sport will launch this summer, and will be feature Premier League football matches, rugby union games as well as women’s tennis.

Boss Simon Green said he was ‘thrilled’ to have signed Balding for BT Sport.

‘She excels at presenting a variety of different sports and she showed last summer what an accomplished live performer she is, so we wanted to give her an opportunity to anchor her own weekly flagship show for BT Sport.’

The latest project is on top of Balding’s commitments as the face of Channel 4 horse racing, the host of BBC Saturday prime time series Britain’s Brightest, and presenting a weekly religious debate show on radio.

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