Clare Balding hopes TV success has opened doors
29 May 2018 - 4:00 PM

Clare Balding hopes TV success has opened doors

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Clare Balding hopes her TV career has made a stand for "everyone who's had the same hairstyle for the last 25 years".

The 47-year-old broadcaster is widely recognised as one of the most popular BBC presenters, and she hopes her success has made an impression on the TV industry.

Asked whether women are still judged more harshly on their appearance than their male counterparts, Clare replied: "Well, I'm not blonder or prettier than the men, so I don't know.

"I would hope I'm making a stand for everyone who's had the same hairstyle for the last 25 years."

In recent years, the BBC has faced criticism for its gender pay gap, which has seen male stars typically earn more than their female counterparts.

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However, Clare doesn't want the corporation to simply reward the performers who cause a fuss about their salary, citing Anne Robinson - who earned as much as £4 million per year at the height of "The Weakest Link's success - as an example.

Speaking to The Times newspaper, Clare explained: "I'm not sure that helps women or gentlemen. Why are they worth more? Why would you encourage bad behaviour?

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"I don't think the BBC is the worst offender, but I think it should lead the way in trying to establish a better, more inclusive culture.

"The only reason Anne Robinson was paid as much as the men is because she scared the s**t out of them, and we shouldn't have to do that."

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