Clare Balding is to replace John Inverdale as host of BBC 5 Live’s coverage of this year’s Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

Inverdale, who was criticised for making sexist comments during his radio commentary at the tennis tournament last year, will continue to front the highlights show on BBC2, Today at Wimbledon.

“We have a wide team of talent that work across TV and radio at Wimbledon and John is very much a part of this again this year,” the BBC said.

Balding was returning to the championships having been absent from last year’s tournament “due to other commitments” according to the broadcaster.