Has Cul­ture Sec­re­tary noth­ing bet­ter to do than this?

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN neil@sun­

AN as­ton­ish­ing row over an in­no­cent joke about Jessica En­nis-Hill’s bum by BBC sports pre­sen­ter Colin Mur­ray has erupted.

The BBC has again been picked on by the Govern­ment for ‘sex­ist’ sports cov­er­age af­ter Mur­ray told last week­end’s An­niver­sary Games crowd at the Olympic Stadum that Lon­don 2012 golden girl medal­list Jessica En­nis-Hill had the ul­ti­mate bot­tom.

Cul­ture Sec­re­tary Maria Miller is to write to BBC Direc­torGen­eral Tony Hall – just weeks af­ter she wrote whinge­ing about John In­verdale say­ing that Wim­ble­don cham­pion Marion Bar­toli was “never go­ing to be a looker like Shara­pova”.

One West­min­ster in­sider told the Mid­week Sport: “She is not renowned for her sense of hu­mour. It seems she gets her gan­der up at the sligh­est thing th­ese days.”

A spokesman for the Depart­ment of Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport added: “Maria Miller has been clear she 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 sport­ing prow­ess are not ac­cept­able and show that there is still much work to be done.”

A ca­pac­ity crowd of 80,000 at the Olympic Sta­dium on Fri­day roared with laugh­ter as Mur­ray told them the ul­ti­mate ath­lete would have “the stamina of Mo (Farah), the speed of (Usain) Bolt, the leap of (Greg) Ruther­ford and the bot­tom of Jess En­nis”.

The com­ments were not even broad­cast by the BBC.

Mur­ray, 36, is likely to be un­moved – he’s off to join Talk­sport af­ter be­ing ousted as Match of the Day 2 host.

“One ra­dio an­a­lyst said: “The good news for Colin is that Talk­sport has a much more lib­eral at­ti­tude than Ms Miller.

“And it doesn’t see the need to apoligise ev­ery five min­utes like the BBC does at the mo­ment.”






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