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Clare Balding to lead Wimbledon coverage

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BBC Sport has confirmed that Clare Balding will take over from Sue Barker as the lead presenter for Wimbledon.

Barker had hosted BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon for 30 years, but announced that last year’s tournament would be her last.

“We are thrilled to announce Clare as our new lead presenter for Wimbledon,” said Barbara Slater, Director of MediaCity-based BBC Sport.

“We know she will combine her passion and knowledge for the prestigious event with the trademark energy and professionalism she brings to both those working alongside her and watching at home, and we look forward to her taking up the new role this summer.” 

Balding has worked on the tennis tournament since 1995 across radio and television.

“It’s a huge honour to be given this responsibility but I am very aware that no one person can fill Sue’s shoes,” she said.

“This will always be a team effort and we’re lucky that the BBC line-up includes former professionals with huge insight as well as wonderful reporters and commentators. It’s my job to bring out the best in them and to help make our viewers feel they have a front row seat on the greatest sporting stage.”

The partnership between the BBC and the All England Lawn Tennis Club is the longest in sports broadcasting history, spanning over 85 years on BBC TV and over 95 years on BBC radio.

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