Lineker reinstated by the BBC to lead after the tweet critical of the government
Gary Lineker has been reinstated to host the BBC after the British public broadcaster suspended him for violating internal standards of impartiality for a highly criticized tweet of his in which he compared the Conservative government of Rishi Sunak’s immigration crackdown to the rhetoric used by the Nazi Germany in the 1930s. The BBC itself communicated it.
The former England footballer-turned-TV face and BBC management have reached an agreement to allow the Match of the Day presenter to return to air after disruptions in the broadcaster’s sports schedule over the weekend following his defection of various stars and commentators who thus wanted to express their solidarity with Lineker. BBC Chief Executive Tim Davie called the presenter a “valuable member” of staff within the broadcaster and announced that an independent review of internal social media guidelines would be launched with a particular focus on freelancers such as Lineker.
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The current guidelines will remain in place while the work is completed, added Davie, who again apologized for disruptions in sports programming. And Lineker has agreed to abide by the rules of procedure while the review is being carried out. The former footballer said he was “immensely proud” to work for the broadcaster and can’t wait to return to running the program after a few “surreal” days. He also thanked colleagues for their solidarity. In recent days, the BBC had been accused of “censorship” after the suspension following the harsh attacks against Lineker by the Tory government.