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General Category => Freewheeling => Racing => Topic started by: David Martin on August 15, 2008, 12:00:33 pm

Title: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: David Martin on August 15, 2008, 12:00:33 pm
She really doesn't get it, does she? Her whole demeanour is as if she is wiping something nasty off her shoe.

Jill Douglas on the other hand is doing a great job.

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Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: spindrift on August 15, 2008, 12:02:10 pm
She's more animated when the womens' cycling is on.
Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 15, 2008, 12:12:51 pm
She's a horsey type isn't she?
Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: Rhys W on August 15, 2008, 01:46:20 pm
No, she's a lady golfer  ;)
Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: Greenbank on August 15, 2008, 01:48:59 pm
No, she's a lady golfer  ;)

I think you'll find she was Champion Lady Rider in 1990, but "lady golfer" is one that I haven't heard before.
Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: robgul on August 15, 2008, 02:36:04 pm
.... isn't she Balding not Baldwin (that's her name - not her hair)?

Rob
Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: spindrift on August 15, 2008, 02:37:39 pm
Claire Balding lives on my brother's road in West London.

Until I met her I never even realised she ate sushi off the barber shop floor.
Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: Rapples on August 15, 2008, 02:59:07 pm
No, she's a lady golfer  ;)

I think you'll find she was Champion Lady Rider in 1990, but "lady golfer" is one that I haven't heard before.

Correct, and her father is Toby Balding, also ex jockey and retired racehorse trainer -  she usually covers the racing on BBC
Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: Frenchie on August 15, 2008, 03:01:08 pm
She's a horsey type isn't she?

Yes, I don't like her. She struggles covering anything other than horse-related.
Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: Rapples on August 15, 2008, 03:05:46 pm
How good do you think Phil Liggett would be covering Horse Trials then ;D
Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: David Martin on August 15, 2008, 04:20:12 pm
How good do you think Phil Liggett would be covering Horse Trials then ;D

But he isn't. She is supposed to be covering everything. She could at least try to sound interested if it has less than 4 legs.

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Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: Noodley on August 15, 2008, 04:25:01 pm
How good do you think Phil Liggett would be covering Horse Trials then ;D

Much the same as Duffers gets on with cycling... ;)
Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: Dinamo on August 15, 2008, 04:25:31 pm
she must be missing her usual sparring partner ......

Willie Carson  ;)
Title: Re: Claire Baldwin and Cycling
Post by: Pingu on August 15, 2008, 04:41:12 pm
She likes Willie  ???
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: Lizzie on August 15, 2008, 05:02:14 pm
I'm not sure why Clare Balding's sexuality would have anything to do with her interest, or otherwise, in cycling  >:(

I think she's doing a good job, for what it's worth, and if  we're going to be critical of the 'generic' presenters, I think we'd have a much better time discussing the truly awful and cringe making Adrian Childs, whose trousers are much too tight in my humble opinion :sick:

(though, of course, his trousers and the tightness thereof would have nothing to do with his interest in cycling)   ;D
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: Greenbank on August 15, 2008, 05:24:45 pm
Speaking of other presenters... the best thing about Gabby Logan being out in Beijing for the Olympics is that she's not on R5 at the weekend.
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: bobb on August 15, 2008, 05:48:35 pm
Gabby is a fox.

I'm not sure why anyone would bother tuning into R5 though.........
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: robgul on August 15, 2008, 05:49:44 pm
I'm not sure why Clare Balding's sexuality would have anything to do with her interest, or otherwise, in cycling  >:(

I think she's doing a good job, for what it's worth, and if  we're going to be critical of the 'generic' presenters, I think we'd have a much better time discussing the truly awful and cringe making Adrian Childs, whose trousers are much too tight in my humble opinion :sick:

(though, of course, his trousers and the tightness thereof would have nothing to do with his interest in cycling)   ;D

It's actually  CHILES ... and he is a bit of a cyclist, he did a UK tour for the Business Lunch prog a couple of years ago and also did an epic charity ride, I think, last November linked to Children in Need.

(But I do agree he's crap as a presenter on the Olympics)

Rob
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: Greenbank on August 15, 2008, 05:53:08 pm
I'm not sure why anyone would bother tuning into R5 though.........

Football, Cricket and sport in general.
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: Lizzie on August 15, 2008, 05:54:17 pm
I'm not sure why Clare Balding's sexuality would have anything to do with her interest, or otherwise, in cycling  >:(

I think she's doing a good job, for what it's worth, and if  we're going to be critical of the 'generic' presenters, I think we'd have a much better time discussing the truly awful and cringe making Adrian Childs, whose trousers are much too tight in my humble opinion :sick:

(though, of course, his trousers and the tightness thereof would have nothing to do with his interest in cycling)   ;D

It's actually  CHILES ... and he is a bit of a cyclist, he did a UK tour for the Business Lunch prog a couple of years ago and also did an epic charity ride, I think, last November linked to Children in Need.

(But I do agree he's crap as a presenter on the Olympics)

Rob

Chiles or Childs, he's still too big for his pants (so there ;D)

(and it's Clare, not Claire)   ;)
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: peterh on August 15, 2008, 05:54:55 pm

It's actually  CHILES ... and he is a bit of a cyclist, he did a UK tour for the Business Lunch prog a couple of years ago and also did an epic charity ride, I think, last November linked to Children in Need.

Rob

Actually it was this spring, for Sport Relief [/pedant]  ;D
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: mattc on August 15, 2008, 06:07:47 pm

It's actually  CHILES ... and he is a bit of a cyclist, he did a UK tour for the Business Lunch prog a couple of years ago and also did an epic charity ride, I think, last November linked to Children in Need.

Rob

Actually it was this spring, for Sport Relief [/pedant]  ;D
i think Chiles is an excellent presenter, and was impressed by his NooCAStle ride with Shearer.

HOWEVER he has a lot of work to do for cyclists to forgive him for the scraped knees question (interview with Nicole Cooke IIRC).
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: mattc on August 15, 2008, 06:10:34 pm
I'm not sure why anyone would bother tuning into R5 though.........

Football, Cricket and sport in general.
... but mainly football, let's be honest (even in July it's all they talk about).

When they do cover other sports, it is usually high quality. And I find their news coverage more palatable than Radio 4 (I need a low-brow-but-not-tabloid version of world events).
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: little miss mac on August 15, 2008, 08:32:44 pm
She's a horsey type isn't she?

Yes, I don't like her. She struggles covering anything other than horse-related.

Well, I really like her and think she does a great job. Very engaging, and I think she's made good work of moving from the geegees over to other sports. So there.  :)
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: Lizzie on August 15, 2008, 09:21:36 pm
And I agree with little miss mac ( so ner, ner, ne, ner, ner...)  ;D
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: Dinamo on August 16, 2008, 09:23:50 am
I'm not sure why anyone would bother tuning into R5 though.........

Excellent radio station, with the exception of Alan Green, who I just heard commentating on the Rowing from Beijing - at least that means he wont be ruining a football commentary later today.
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: Rob S on August 16, 2008, 10:18:44 am
Speaking of other presenters... the best thing about Gabby Logan being out in Beijing for the Olympics is that she's not on R5 at the weekend.

She's better than that Gethin Jones :sick:

As for Clare Balding....I love Clare Balding, she's great at Olympics and Commonwealth Games etc :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: domesticated ape on August 17, 2008, 05:41:05 pm
Claire Balding is the worst thing about the Olympics coverage by a mile. She hasn't quite reached the depths of crapness that she achieved when presenting the Winter Olympics two years ago, but she still makes me reach for the red button every time she appears :demon:
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: ChrisO on August 17, 2008, 10:51:05 pm
The BBC coverage has been generally pretty appalling, but actually I think Clare Balding is one of the OK spots.

Compared to the others anyway.

Gaby Logan is truly awful, trying to be flirty and sexy all the time while stumbling over names and sports and clearly not having the faintest clue what she's talking about. A classic gob-on-a-stick.
Adrian Chiles matey-down-the-pub act works for football but not in an more catholic environment where he just comes across as boorish.
That bloody sailing woman might be very good in a boat but hasn't got the faintest clue how to present to camera - bobs around like a buoy in a force 9 gale. The best thing they could do would be to lash her hands together.
The "local features" from Veronica Wang or whatever her name is. They're so badly written and superficial they would fail an O level media studies course. But she's very pretty so who cares - not whichever producer fancies getting in her pants by giving her some on-air slots. "Yes Veronica it is a microphone in my pants."

As for the production of the nightly programme... The Phelps-Jaws thing is lost on anyone under the age of 30 and the Monkey magic segment is less funny than a 1950s newsreel. Don't mention the cardboard cutout.

My favourite moment so far was the sailing reporter (not the stupid blonde, they only let her do pre-prepared links) reporting from the abandoned medal race in the sailing by describing the fact that they had stopped sailing because of lack of wind as "dramatic scenes".

The interactive coverage is OK except it would be nice if they went to the trouble of using clips that didn't have the "LIVE" caption on them when they are clearly being replayed. But that would require basic effort to log feeds and probably got axed in favour of Matthew Pinsent's breakfast budget.

It's clear they've put all the budget into flashy stuff - graphics and scores of high-profile presenters. Not the basics like research and logging.

I suspect that the root of the problem is that just as generals fight the previous war, the BBC is presenting the previous Olympics. They prepared to have lots of prepared and packaged coverage and make it look stylish, but they've been caught out by actually having plenty of sport to talk about and unfortunately they haven't had the courage to throw out all the "here's one we prepared earlier" stuff.
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: Frenchie on August 18, 2008, 08:46:45 am
She's a horsey type isn't she?

Yes, I don't like her. She struggles covering anything other than horse-related.

Well, I really like her and think she does a great job. Very engaging, and I think she's made good work of moving from the geegees over to other sports. So there.  :)

Really?! She doesn't look very bothered or enthusiastic at all! I'd like the presenter to enjoy sports for a start...
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: JT on August 18, 2008, 08:52:08 am
She's a horsey type isn't she?

Yes, I don't like her. She struggles covering anything other than horse-related.

Well, I really like her and think she does a great job. Very engaging, and I think she's made good work of moving from the geegees over to other sports. So there.  :)

Really?! She doesn't look very bothered or enthusiastic at all! I'd like the presenter to enjoy sports for a start...

Agreed. And it's dead obvious when she asks a question that has just been prompted by the producer in her ear hole.
Title: Re: Claire Balding and Cycling
Post by: Snugsy on August 28, 2008, 10:09:28 am
I'm not sure why Clare Balding's sexuality would have anything to do with her interest, or otherwise, in cycling  >:(

I think she's doing a good job, for what it's worth, and if  we're going to be critical of the 'generic' presenters,


I think she did pretty well as an anchor-bod. She was only supposed to introduce the expert commentary (although when Hugh Porter's involved, I think "expert" is taking it a bit far) and interview national treasures  :sick: such as clapped-out track & field types.

BTW, commentating at the TdF prologue, H Porter insisted on calling a certain French team sponsored by a livestock handling equipment company "Agritabelle". What a great name for a little girl.