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BBC apologises for Peter Alliss's second sexist comment at the Open Championship

Published 21/07/2015

Alliss causes social media storm with 'inappropriate' comments.
Alliss causes social media storm with 'inappropriate' comments.

The BBC has apologised after veteran golf commentator Peter Alliss sparks yet another sexism row within 24 hours at the Open at St Andrews.

84-year-old Alliss created a social media frenzy on Sunday night when he made a comment about amatuer golfer Paul Dunne being hugged by his mum.

Alliss said, "Ah, that must be his mum. Perhaps he likes older women,  I don't know but I hope I got the right one."

This particular storm barely had time to blow over before he was at it again on Monday night. This time Alliss' remarks were focused on Zach Johnson's wife, moments before he landed himself the Open title.

As the camera focused in on Kim Barclay, Alliss joked about how the couple would spend their prize money: "She is probably thinking - 'if this goes in I get a new kitchen."

A spokesperson for the BBC said today: "Peter made a light hearted comment which was inappropriate and we apologise if anyone was offended."

Alliss has long been considered the BBC's voice of golf and for years has divided opinion over what some consider his outdated and reactionary views.

He caused outrage in April when he said in a Radio Times interview that thousands of women have given up playing golf as a result of Harriet Harman’s Equality Act, which ended men-only tee times and restrictions on the club facilities which female players could use.

Alliss said the legislation granting women equality on the golf course had “buggered up” the game because female players cannot afford the fees.

The BBC was also under fire on Monday for delaying its coverage of the final round of the Open until 1.45pm, six hours after play had started.

The corporation was forced to issue a statement explaining its ­decision to stick to the morning and lunchtime schedule – which included Homes Under The Hammer, Heir Hunters and Bargain Hunt – and not cross to the Old Course.

Insiders claimed that the BBC had no option as approximately 50  per cent of the freelance camera operators had been booked for other jobs.

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