‘Success is getting Gary Lineker again on air’ – BBC boss apologises for sport disruption
BBC boss Tim Davie has apologised for the disruption to the station’s sports activities protection this weekend following the choice to take away Gary Lineker from Saturday night time’s Match of the Day programme.
The BBC introduced on Friday that Lineker could be “stepping again” from the present after his criticism of the UK authorities on Twitter earlier within the week.
Lineker mentioned the federal government’s newest coverage on migrant boats was “past terrible” and “Immeasurably merciless”, happening so as to add that the language employed was “not dissimilar to that utilized by Germany within the 30s”.
After Lineker was relieved of his duties for this weekend’s Match of the Day, his colleagues confirmed solidarity by pulling out, leaving the programme to go forward with no presenter, no evaluation and no commentary on Saturday night time.
Soccer Focus and Ultimate Rating had been additionally wiped from the schedules following a collection of high-profile absences, together with BBC Radio 5 Stay’s flagship soccer present.
“It has been a tough day,” Davie advised BBC information. “We’re working very arduous to resolve the scenario.”
And he added: “Success for me is getting Gary again on air. I want to see Gary Lineker return on air on the BBC. With that, we now have to pay attention.”
Earlier, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak known as Lineker a “gifted presenter” and mentioned he hoped the matter could be resolved quickly.
“Gary Lineker was a fantastic footballer and is a gifted presenter,” he mentioned. “I hope that the present scenario between Gary Lineker and the BBC will be resolved in a well timed method, however it’s rightly a matter for them, not the federal government.”