This is because a strike by Lineker’s fellow footballers has prompted the BBC to cut coverage on national obsessions, such as shortening its Match of the Day, a mix of match analysis and chatter, to 20 minutes without commentary on Saturday. It was after being forced to cut back significantly. .
Mr. Davey spent the weekend working out a compromise with Mr. Lineker. But the controversy’s repercussions are likely to be far-reaching and long-lasting, casting doubt on the company’s management, which has made political impartiality a priority but faces persistent doubts about its close ties to the Conservative government. ing.
“It’s been a long war and this is just a skirmish,” says Claire Enders, a London-based media researcher and founder of Enders Analysis. “All of this puts the BBC’s independence and reputation at risk.”
Lineker, 62, is one of the BBC’s big names and a beloved sports figure who has made a smooth transition from the arena to the broadcast booth and has been a fixture on ‘Match of the Day’ since 1999. Analyzing the match. And shoot a breeze with other retired stars. He is the BBC’s highest-paid on-air personality, earning his £1.35 million (around $1.6 million) in 2022.
But Lineker, who grew up in a working-class family in Leicester, has never kept his views on social issues a secret. When the government announced a draconian new immigration plan to cut back on asylum seekers, he he posted on twitter“This is a policy of unfathomable cruelty aimed at the most vulnerable, in a language that bears no resemblance to the one used by Germany in the 1930s, am I crazy?”
Britain’s Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who is spearheading a policy to stop migrants from crossing the English Channel in small boats, said Mr Lineker’s comments reduced the atrocities of the Holocaust. Other Conservative MPs said they abused the BBC platform to express their political views.
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/13/world/europe/gary-lineker-bbc-return-motd.html Gary Lineker returns to BBC football show ‘Match of the Day’