BBC’s sports schedule sees further disruption as more presenters withdraw
sports presenter Alex Scott The company’s sports timetable is further disrupted by not hosting a football focus that seems to have been removed from the BBC’s schedule at the last minute and replaced with a bargain hunt.
former arsenal Starr said ‘it just doesn’t feel right for me to go ahead with the show’ as she joins a number of presenters withdrawing BBC The show after the critic Gary Lineker I was told to decline to run Match of the Day back-to-back for reasons of fairness.
The station has yet to confirm whether the show, which was scheduled to air at noon on Saturday, has been officially cancelled.
Former England international Scott wrote on Twitter: today.
“Hopefully I’ll be back in my chair next week.”
Kelly Sommers has also announced that former England footballer and MOTD regulars Alan Shearer and Ian Wright will boycott the show on Friday night in solidarity with Lineker to not air the BBC show on Saturday. It was confirmed.
critic Glen Murray I stopped appearing on Football Focus and Final Score on Saturday.
The former Brighton striker tweeted:
“We hope to resume normal services next week.”
Wales presenter Jason Mohammad has also confirmed that he will not host the final score on Saturday afternoon.
“However, I notified the BBC this morning that I will not be doing this afternoon’s show on BBC One.”
On Friday night, several of the show’s commentators issued a joint statement online announcing that they were stepping down from Saturday’s broadcast.
A previous joint statement by Match of the Day commentators, including Steve Wilson, Conor McNamara, Robin Loewen and Stephen Weiss, said that given the current circumstances, it was “not appropriate to participate in the programme.” I felt it,” he said.
The BBC’s show will be on Saturday night without a host, pundits and a few regular commentators.
In an earlier statement, the BBC said the show would “focus on the action of the match without studio presentation or critique” and said it understood the presenters’ position.
That was after Lineker, 62, was taken off the air for a tweet comparing the words used to launch the new government’s asylum seeker policy to 1930s Germany.
The station said it had “decided” that Lineker would take a break from airing its highlight show until it reached an “agreed and clear position” on its use of social media.
Former BBC director Greg Dyke says the BBC made a “mistake” and “damaged its credibility” by taking Lineker off the air.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the company’s precedent was that “news and current affairs employees are expected to be impartial, and not others”.
“If we start applying the rules of news and current affairs to everyone who works for the BBC, where will it end?” he said.
He added: “The BBC has a long-established precedent that whether you are an entertainment presenter or a football presenter, you are not bound by the same (fairness) rules.
“The real problem today is that the BBC has undermined its own credibility by doing this, as it appears to have bowed to government pressure.
“And when the BBC does that, you’re in real trouble.
“There is widespread perception that beloved TV host Gary Lineker went off the air after government pressure on certain issues.”
A spokesman for the Professional Footballers’ Association said in a statement on Twitter, “We have been informed that players involved in today’s match will not be asked to participate in Match of the Day interviews.”
He went on to say:
“During these conversations, we made it clear that, as their union, we support all members who may face consequences for choosing not to live up to their broadcast promises.
“This is a common sense decision to ensure players are not put in that position.”
Richard Ayre, the BBC’s former manager of editorial policy, said the BBC’s reputation was “bigger and more important” than any individual, including Gary Lineker.
Mr Ayre told BBC Breakfast on Saturday that there would be a “real street-to-street battle” between political parties in the run-up to the general election.
“The BBC must, at this unprecedented time, create as linear a relationship as possible between the parties and avoid one-sidedness with its own achievements. The BBC inside is also in line to speak out on private social networks,” he said.
Regarding Lineker’s withdrawal from the Match of the Day presentation, Ayer continued:
“He is top notch and very good, not just as a football pundit.In my nearly 50 years of working with the BBC, I have never come across a more naturally gifted TV presenter.” .
“He was a wonderful person and I will be very sad if he is gone, but frankly the BBC and its reputation are bigger and more important than any individual, even Gary.”
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