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Clare Balding: OBE is 'pinnacle of recent delights'

BBC and Channel 4 presenter Clare Balding is among those commended in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours Credit: Press Association

Sports presenter Clare Balding has been awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting and journalism.

Balding was recently awarded a BAFTA for outstanding achievement in factual presenting in recognition of her widely-praised Olympic coverage.

She said today: "It has been a year of unexpected delights. This is the pinnacle."


Special television award for Clare Balding

Clare Balding Credit: John Walton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Broadcaster Clare Balding is to be honoured at the TV Baftas next month in recognition of her television achievements.

The presenter, who was widely praised for her work on the Olympics and Paralympics coverage last summer, will be give a "special award".

The award recognises an important personal contribution on screen in the area of factual TV and was last given in 2006 when Jamie Oliver was the recipient.

Balding, 42, said of the award: "I am in complete shock. I can't believe I've been given such an extraordinary honour and I am totally delighted. I may not stop smiling until the night."

She will collect the prize on May 12 at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Clare Balding: Grainger & Watkins are 'heroines'

The BBC Olympics presenter Clare Balding tweeted her reactions during Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins' victory in the women's double sculls: