Daily Archives: July 18, 2013

Jim Pickard

Maria Miller, the culture secretary, has urged the BBC to tackle alleged sexism in its sports department in a row which could overshadow the corporation’s coverage of the Open golf championship at all-male Muirfield.

Ms Miller has written to Tony Hall, BBC director-general, to establish what he is doing to avoid a repeat of the kind of offence caused by John Inverdale, the sports presenter, in comments about the winner of this year’s Wimbledon women’s tennis title.

Mr Inverdale provoked outrage when he said that Marion Bartoli was “never going to be a looker”, a remark for which he and the BBC later apologised.

He will be anchoring coverage of this week’s Open.