The change comes about not simply in a new contract and a new production company, but that in IMG, Channel 4 has chosen an organisation with no previous experience in broadcasting horseracing.
Speaking about the decision, Jamie Aitchison, Channel 4's sports editor, said: "After a rigorous and invaluable tender process, I am looking forward immensely to working with IMG Sports Media to deliver our vision for the sport.
He said, “Clare’s arrival is superb news for Channel 4 and the production team.
Quite simply she is the best sports broadcaster of her era and for her to be heading up our coverage across the year is extremely exciting.” Also bridging the divide of continuity (in production) and change (in employer) is Carl Hicks.
Balding has just completed an outstanding fortnight providing much of the anchor role for BBC’s Olympic coverage, and carries out the same function for Channel 4 in their coverage of the Paralympics later this month.
Aitchison was gushing at the prospect of Balding’s arrival.
Balding is a freelance worker, and so she will be able to continue working for the BBC and other organisations on any other sports and events.
She’s already a certainty for the next two Olympics, and it’s these that mark her change over to Channel 4.
Dec 29 – Babatunde Oba, 23, trainee manager for hire firm HSS, was stabbed at the Broadway Boulevard Club in Ealing.
Kevin Dennis, 23, from Hackney, and his brothers Carl and Dennis were jailed for life in Feb 2000.