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[Football] Gary Lineker to step back from presenting MOTD


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Jul 5, 2003
West Sussex

Gary Lineker is to step back from presenting Match of the Day until an agreement is reached on his social media use - BBC statement.
It follows an impartiality row over comments he made criticising the government's new asylum policy.
In a tweet, the presenter had compared the language used by the government to set out its plan to "that used by Germany in the 30s".


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Jun 6, 2020
Does anyone else feel this would be a good opportunity to get Glenn in the hot seat? His backstreet boys could be Virgo, Upson and Hughton.


Legacy Fan
Aug 20, 2003
He can say what he likes, but the BBC have never wanted their presenters expressing party political bias.

Problem is they have in the past but it hasn't been commented on in parliament.

Alan Sugar and particularly Andrew Neil were given free reign on social media.

If you don't apply your guidelines consistently, you are open to criticism when you apply them.. or not.

What a mess.

Live by the sea

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Oct 21, 2016
His moral stance is commendable but his comparison with nazi germany is ludicrous & no doubt very offensive to some people.


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Oct 1, 2013

Broadcast union: 'this is a deeply concerning decision'​

More reaction now from Philippa Childs, the head of Bectu, the broadcast union which represents thousands of BBC staff:

“This is a deeply concerning decision from the BBC. It will give the appearance that they have bowed to political pressure from ministers to take someone off air for disagreeing with the policies of the current government.

“Taken with the ongoing controversy over the appointment of the BBC Chairman, who has a much more important role in upholding the reputation of the BBC, and who has not stepped back while under investigation, it also risks given the impression of double standards on these issues.”


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Jan 7, 2010
Gods country fortnightly
Well, in Britain in 2023 it’s no longer permissible to be critical of our government and remain a media personality on British TV.

We are now quite a long way down a very slippery slope.
Who will soil themselves and step into the MOTD seat tomorrow?


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Sep 10, 2010
details then
Nah. Won’t be going into details. My opinion is formed through personal experience though. And trust me, I’m not the only one.

Stat Brother

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Jul 11, 2003
West west west Sussex

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