BBC 'got it wrong' over Balding gag

Clare Balding Balding presents programmes on BBC television and radio as well as horse racing coverage on Channel 4

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The BBC has admitted that it "got it wrong" about a live quiz show which discussed "curing" Clare Balding of homosexuality, on Radio 5 live.

The comments were made during a game called Defend the Indefensible as part of the show Fighting Talk, broadcast at 20:30 BST on Saturday.

One panellist, the comedian Bob Mills, suggested "there is not a woman in the world who cannot be cured".

The BBC has apologised for any offence the item may have caused.

A spokeswoman said it had received five complaints about the segment, which has since been removed from the BBC iPlayer service.

'Inappropriate'

Five thousand people were in attendance at Liverpool's Echo Arena to watch the live broadcast of Fighting Talk as part of 5 live's Big Day Out.

The live show was also broadcast on Radio 5 live and streamed online.

Its presenter Colin Murray introduced the round of the game, saying "no matter what I say you have to defend the indefensible".

He went on to ask Mills, a regular Fighting Talk panellist, to comment on the statement: "Give me 20 minutes with her and I'm sure I could turn around Clare Balding."

Mills stated that Balding, a sports presenter and former jockey was a "horse woman," adding: "The one thing Clare appreciates is a bit of power between her thighs.

"All I am saying is, there is not a woman in the world who cannot be cured," he added amid boos from members of the audience.

In a statement, a BBC spokeswoman said: "Fighting Talk is a live programme and on this occasion we got it wrong.

"The Defending the Indefensible item was inappropriate and as such we have removed this short section of the programme from iPlayer," she added.

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