Gary Lineker will return as presenter of flagship BBC soccer present Match of the Day, the broadcaster mentioned Monday, ending a disaster sparked by his criticism of the UK authorities’s new asylum coverage.
“Gary is a valued a part of the BBC and I understand how a lot the BBC means to Gary, and I look ahead to him presenting our protection this coming weekend,” mentioned BBC director-general Tim Davie.
The previous England footballer was eliminated after utilizing Twitter to match the language used to launch the brand new coverage to the rhetoric of Nazi-era Germany.
Fellow presenters, pundits and commentators then refused to work over the weekend in assist, throwing the broadcaster’s sports activities protection into disarray.
Lineker tweeted on Monday that “I can’t wait to get again within the MOTD chair on Saturday.
“Nevertheless troublesome the previous few days have been, it merely would not examine to having to flee your private home from persecution or struggle to hunt refuge in a land far-off,” he added.
Davie apologised for the disruption to the service, saying he recognised the “potential confusion attributable to the gray areas of the BBC’s social media steerage.
“Impartiality is essential to the BBC. That could be a troublesome balancing act to get proper the place persons are topic to completely different contracts and on air positions, and with completely different viewers and social media profiles,” he mentioned.
An unbiased evaluate into the steerage shall be performed, together with the way it applies to freelancers equivalent to Lineker, he added.
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