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BBC Radio debates 'curing' lesbian sports commentator Clare Balding

Balding has been the BBC's lead horse racing commentator for years

Clare Balding is the BBC's lead horse racing broadcaster
Clare Balding is the BBC's lead horse racing broadcaster
Alan Crowhurst

The BBC Radio show Fighting Talk Saturday night featured an offensive conversation about BBC sports commentator Clare Balding that has left the BBC in more hot water. The show's hosts discussed how Balding, an out lesbian, could be turned straight.

From the Daily Mail:

Comedian Bob Mills then stated that the former jockey and racing presenter was a ‘horse woman' who ‘appreciates power between her thighs'. He added: ‘And we all know, there is no woman that can't be cured'.

Balding is in a long-term relationship with BBC Radio announcer Alice Arnold. They entered into a civil partnership in 2006.

The BBC has apologized for the comments of their radio hosts:

The comments were made during a round called "Defend the Indefensible" which asks panelists to comment on topics which, by their very nature, are blatantly indefensible. However, we would like to apologize unreservedly to anyone who was offended by the live broadcast.

You can read the full account of the incident at the Daily Mail.

Hat tip to JustABallgame?