Channel 4's Clare Balding 'forced off' Election coverage over TV clash with BBC

BBC Wimbledon host Clare Balding
-Credit: (Image: ITV)


No sooner had she been announced as one of the main presenters, Clare Blading has been 'cut' from Channel 4's coverage of the upcoming General Election, after a TV clash with her hosting job for the BBC.

After a day of speculation, rain soaked Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak confirmed late on Wednesday afternoon that the country will go to the polls for an Election on July 4, as a tough time is predicted for the Conservatives in their bid to hold onto power. Following the announcement of the big news, it didn't take long for broadcasters to start confirming who'll be heading up their coverage in six weeks times.

And, as Sky News announced the likes of Kae Burley and Beth Rigby for their hosting team, sport pundit Clare was on the list for Channel 4, along with the likes of Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Emily Maitlis, Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart. However, right after fans flagged a potential scheduling conflict with Clare anchoring the BBC's coverage of Wimbledon, it was announced that Clare had been 'dropped' from Channel 4's Election line-up.

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The move was confirmed by Channel 4's head of news and current affairs Louisa Compton on Friday night, when she took to X to write: “Even superwoman @clarebalding can't be in two places at once,” Compton wrote on X. “So she'll be covering Wimbledon for the BBC and back on C4 later in August for our Paralympic coverage.”

Clare took over the main presenting job for Wimbledon on the BBC last summer, stepping into the shoes of long serving host Sue Barker, as viewers were very much divided on how she did, with some championing Annabel Croft to replace her.