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BBC apology for comments on Balding

The BBC has apologised after it included a section in a live radio show on how openly gay presenter Clare Balding could be "turned around".

The 5 Live show, Fighting Talk, broadcast from from the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday, included a satirical section called 'Defend the Indefensible' in which comic Bob Mills was asked to justify the argument : "Give me 20 minutes with her and I'm pretty sure I could turn around Clare Balding."

The section, in which Mills described Balding as a "horse woman" who "appreciates power between her thighs", has since been cut from the iPlayer version of the show, which is hosted by Colin Murray.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "Fighting Talk is a live programme and on this occasion we got it wrong. The 'Defend the Indefensible' item was inappropriate and as such we have removed this short section of the programme from iPlayer. We would again like to apologise to anyone who was offended by the programme."

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