Clare Balding to receive a BAFTA

  • Sports presenter Clare Balding is to be honoured at year’s BAFTAs.

    The award is for “outstanding achievement in factual presenting” —  for her work on last summer’s Olympics on BBC and the Paralympics on Channel 4.

    The award marks her “incredible dedication to presenting across entertainment and sporting events”.

    Clare, who is also the lead presenter for Channel 4 Racing, will receive her BAFTA at a ceremony in London on 12 May

    Previous recipients of the factual presenting special award include Jon Snow, Andrew Marr, Jeremy Paxman and Kate Adie.

    “Clare’s body of work over the past 13 years speaks for itself, but it was through her expert coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games that she became a national treasure, who with her warmth and charisma helped bring the country together as we celebrated in Team GB and Paralympic GB’s success,” said Andrew Newman, chairman of BAFTA’s Television Committee.

    “She is a trusted and intelligent live presenter with an ability to transcend genre, and we’re delighted to honour her contribution to television at this year’s BAFTA ceremony.”

    Clare is currently in America promoting her book My Animals and Other Family.

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