Clare Balding to host chat show on BT Sport

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British sports broadcaster Clare Balding is to present and co-produce her own weekly sports chat show on BT Sport, featuring interviews with major sports figures and discussion of key sporting issues.

The presenter and broadcaster, who was highly praised for her brilliant work fronting the BBC London 2012 Olympics and Channel 4’s Paralympics coverage, will present and co-produce a weekly sports magazine show that will feature interviews with major sporting names and discussion of big sporting issues.

It will also shine a spotlight on women’s sport, giving the next generation the chance to fully embrace a variety of sports and sporting stars.

Balding commented that the show, which will also have a focus on women’s sport, is ‘an exciting new venture for me and I can’t wait to get started’.

The latest project is on top of Balding’s commitments as the face of Channel 4 racing and the host of new BBC Saturday night series Britain’s Brightest.

“I’d like to thank BT for giving me the opportunity to present my own magazine show,” said Balding.

“I’m enthused by BT’s vision for sports coverage in the future and particularly their support of women’s sport, an issue about which I feel very strongly.”

BT Sport launches this summer and will be centred around the acquisition of Premier League football rights. The channel will show 38 live games and gets ‘first pick’ on 18 of the matches, for the next three seasons. It also has rights for rugby union and women’s tennis.

Jake Humphrey quit his role as the BBC’s F1 anchor last year to head up BT Sport’s football coverage.

BT Sport boss Simon Green said: “We’re thrilled to have signed Clare 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.”

BT has also signed a deal with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) to show up to 800 hours of live tennis, including the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships.

The channels will be based at the iCITY development at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

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