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John Inverdale dropped by BBC for Wimbledon highlights show following 'rose-c**ted' blunder

Published 10/06/2015 | 20:02

John Inverdale has been dropped by the BBC from hosting Wimbledon's nightly coverage.

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Inverdale's position of anchoring the nightly 'Today at Wimbledon' programme has been handed over to Clare Balding.

Balding last year took over Inverdale's Radio 5 Live Wimbledon presenting duties.

Inverdale's removal from the BBC's coverage follows a series of blunders - most recently his 'rose-c***ed' glasses slip-up at Cheltenham Festival.

The pair have since patched up their differences and worked most recently together on ITV to cover the French Open.

Earlier this year, Inverdale made the headlines again for all the wrong reasons during Radio 5 Live's Cheltenham coverage.

Inverdale said: "This is looking at it through rose-c---ed... rose-tinted glasses from the past... [I] apologise there for a slip of the tongue, but Lizzie your love of the sport just shines through."

 While Inverdale will not host the BBC's highlights show, he will still work as part of the corporation's commentating team.

“John Inverdale will take up a new role on TV commentary duties at this year’s championship and we are looking forward to having him as part of the team,” said a BBC spokesman.

“The introduction of Wimbledon 2Day, presented by Clare Balding, will provide a fresh new look for the highlights show and continue to develop the ‘today at the games’ brand which Clare presented at both the Sochi Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.”

 Sue Barker will continue to front the live coverage with a commentary line-up including John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Martina Navratilova, Pat Cash, Lindsay Davenport and Richard Krajicek.

Three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick is a new addition to the line up as is two-time SW19 finalist Justine Henin who joins the Radio 5 Live team.

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