Comments made by a freelance BBC presenter about Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill’s bottom have been quoted by Culture Secretary Maria Miller who is calling on the BBC to confront sexism.
Freelancer Colin Murray upset some athletics fans during the warm-up for the Anniversary Games last Friday, when he suggested to the crowd a perfect athlete would combine ‘the stamina of Mo Farah, the speed of Usain Bolt, the leap of Greg Rutherford and the bottom of Jess Ennis’.
His comments were not broadcast - but came after sexist observations made by BBC presenter John Inverdale about Wimbledon tennis champion Marion Bartoli prompted Ms Miller to write to the BBC Director General Tony Hall to demand action.
A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said: “Maria Miller wants to see more media coverage of top women’s sport, more women on sports boards and more women participating at the grassroots.
“Recent sexist comments from high-profile commentators focusing on sportswomen’s appearances rather than their sporting prowess are unacceptable, and show there is still much work to be done.”