Balding has close family links to horse racing: her father, Ian Balding, trained Mill Reef, 1971 winner of the Epsom Derby, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes; and her younger brother, Andrew Balding, trained Casual Look, the winner of the 2003 Epsom Oaks. The latter win led to a very emotional post-race interview with her brother. Her uncle Toby Balding has trained winners in the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle. Furthermore, her grandfather was the trainer Peter Hastings-Bass and her maternal uncle the 17th Earl of Huntingdon was once trainer to Queen Elizabeth II. Her maternal grandmother, Priscilla Hastings, is descended from the Earls of Derby and was one of the first women elected to membership of the Jockey Club.
On 29 May 2009, Balding announced that she had thyroid cancer. She told the Daily Mail newspaper that she had her thyroid gland removed and would have radioactive iodine treatment in July that year. She promised to be back on television covering the Epsom Derby, by the following Saturday. On 21 August 2009 she announced that the radioactive iodine had been successful with no signs of the cancer having spread.
In July 2010, Balding made a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission over an article by writer A. A. Gill in The Sunday Times that she felt had mocked her sexuality and appearance and for which the newspaper refused to apologise. The PCC found in her favour, judging that AA Gill had "refer[red] to the complainant's sexuality in a demeaning and gratuitous way".
Clare Balding is a British television presenter, journalist and retired amateur jockey. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport and the show Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2. She formalised her relationship with the BBC Radio 4 continuity announcer and newsreader Alice Arnold in September 2006. The couple live in Chiswick, London, with their Tibetan terrier, Archie. Arnold was previously in a relationship with the comedienne, writer, and presenter Sandi Toksvig.
Balding participated in a celebrity edition of The Apprentice in order to raise money for charity. Sport Relief Does The Apprentice is part of the BBC's annual charity initiative and aired on 12 March and 14 March 2008. "The Girls' team", which also included Louise Redknapp, Jacqueline Gold, Kirstie Allsopp and Lisa Snowdon, won the contest, raising over £400,000 from ticket sales and sales on the night of the big event at their shop.
In 2010 Balding became a patron of the British Thyroid Foundation.
Alice Arnold (born 1962) is a British broadcaster. She was a newsreader and continuity announcer on BBC Radio 4 for more than twenty years until the end of December 2012.
After gaining a degree in politics from the University of Sussex, she trained as an actress at the Drama Studio in Ealing and was in the musical Evita for a year. She was a magistrate for ten years from the age of thirty in Tottenham.
Arnold joined the BBC Radio Drama Company in 1988. After meeting Peter Donaldson at a party in 1994, she joined Radio 4's presentation team in that year. In 2004 she became a newsreader, and regularly read the afternoon and evening news on Radio 4. In 2005, she featured as a news presenter in BBC Two comedy Broken News. In June 2006, she was promoted to read the news on Radio 4's Today programme. From 2007 to 2011 she co-presented comedian Jon Holmes's show Listen Against, a parody of various programmes on Radio 4.
Arnold gained media attention in May 2012. While returning home, stuck in traffic, she observed an empty plastic bottle being thrown from the car ahead of her and threw it back into the vehicle through an open window. On Twitter, colleague and friend Corrie Corfield said Arnold deserved a damehood for her action.
Towards the end of October 2012, the ending of Arnold's role on Radio 4 emerged. Her final shift ended early on 29 December 2012. During 2013 she worked for the BBC in a training capacity and was involved in the Expert Women's Days where she coached potential female interviewees for Today. Arnold has suggested adopting a smile or frown while talking as appropriate to the context.
Since then she has begun to blog for The Daily Telegraph and to write for The Guardian.
It's OK to be Gay - Celebrity Coming Out Stories by Val McDermid, Evan Davis, Edd Kimber and Stella Duffy
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Accent press (October 8, 2013)
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‘This is a truly inspiring book. Coming out isn’t always easy, but the diverse voices collected here all say one thing, loud and clear: be yourself, follow your heart. That’s essential advice for any young person, whatever their sexuality.’ - Sarah Waters, Author Celebrities share their coming out stories. It’s OK to be Gay is a collection of inspirational coming out stories from well-known figures from the LGBT community, who talk frankly about their own experiences and how their sexuality has shaped their character and success. Contributors include: Sue Perkins; rugby star Gareth Thomas; best-selling crime writer Val McDermid; Coronation Street star Charlie Condou; Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor; Evan Davis, presenter of Dragon’s Den and Radio 4’s Today programme; Alice Arnold, former BBC newsreader and partner of Clare Balding; Edd Kimber, winner of the first ever Great British Bake Off; Reggae/soul singer Diana King; Lord Waheed Alli, Labour peer and entrepreneur; Award-winning writer Stella Duffy; X Factor finalist Jade Ellis; Author Paul Burston; Paralympian Claire Harvey; Actress Sophie Ward; Jane Czyzselska, editor of Diva magazine; Hip-hop artist Q Boy; Playwright Shelley Silas; Former Brookside actor Stifyn Parri; International rugby referee Nigel Owens; BBC Radio presenter Chris Needs; Rosie Wilby, comedienne and writer; Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, Director UK Black Pride; Darren Scott, editor of GT magazine; It’s OK to be Gay is raising money for the charity Diversity Role Models and its work to stop homophobic bullying in schools.
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