herald

Saturday 29 November 2014

Balding glams up for 'risky' new TV show

SPORTS presenter Clare Balding fears she will be judged on her appearance as she "glams up" to host a new Saturday night BBC1 show.

Balding (41), who won accolades for the way she covered the Olympics and Paralympics, is set to present prime-time entertainment show Britain's Brightest.

She said: "I'm putting myself into a different genre -- I'm therefore saying to the public, 'Can you accept me in a completely different format?' and that is risky.

"And obviously because it's Saturday night, I've got to glam up a bit. You know, there will be a few people who go, 'Oh, I don't like what she's wearing'."

Balding was interviewed while filming the series, wearing six-inch heels.

"I'm not running in them, am I? Mainly, I'm just walking three steps and stopping," she said.

When the interviewer said they look a bit "dominatrix", she responded: "Dominatrix! Don't you dare write that!"

Balding will also be hosting Good Morning Sunday on Radio 2, replacing Aled Jones on the weekly faith programme.







Faith

Asked whether she had a faith, she said it was "not significant" adding: "I'm very interested in other people's faith and I think that's what matters."

Balding said that her new "national treasure" label would not last, and she added: "I think 'ambitious' is one of those adjectives used for women in a derogatory way -- and, yet, I think ambition is crucial in life -- you have to know what you might be capable of and push yourself slightly beyond it."

She told Radio Times: "You come across words all the time that are everyday sexism. I was described as competently bossy and bossily competent by a male journalist and I thought, 'Gosh, bossy is never used of a man... A man would be called assertive or confident or quick or bright... five years ago that would have really upset me -- now I just think, 'Hmm --probably his failing, not mine. Move on'."

Asked whether she would ever consider hosting a chat show, Balding, whose civil partner is Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold, said: "I don't know whether a chat show isn't pushing it too far."

hnews@herald.ie

Promoted articles

Promoted articles

Opinion

Entertainment News