Lineker 'in touch with female side'

Gary Lineker has been subjected to a ribbing by BBC colleagues after being hailed by the head of BBC sport - in a list of the broadcaster's top female talent.

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Gary Lineker is an example of top female broadcasting talent, according to a BBC boss.

Gary Lineker has been subjected to a ribbing by BBC colleagues after being hailed by the head of BBC sport - in a list of the broadcaster's top female talent.

Director of sport Barbara Slater told MPs she was proud of the "fantastic women presenters" at her disposal when she appeared before a Commons committee.

"We have Gary Lineker, we have Sue Barker, we have Gabby Logan, we have Clare Balding, we have Suzi Perry now doing Formula One, we have a new sports correspondent Natalie Pirks," she said.

Alerted to his presence on the list, Match of the Day host and former England footballer Lineker wrote on Twitter: "Yikes".

And fellow presenters took the opportunity for some jokes at his expense.

"Well, you haven't seen Gary on a Friday night," joked Perry, who fronts the BBC's Grand Prix coverage.

Logan, a former international gymnast who presents a variety of shows, added: "He's very in touch with his female side - it's what makes him so universally loved."