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Lineker returns to the BBC, which has announced a review of guidelines on social media posts



Critics accuse the BBC of not being politically neutral, but of pandering to the government

The dispute between the British media house BBC and prominent football presenter Gary Lineker is over. The former England international will return to the programme, and the media outlet has announced a review of its social media posting guidelines.

The corporation also apologized for “potential confusion caused by the gray areas” of its social media guidelines. “Gary is a valued part of the BBC and I know how much the BBC means to Gary. I look forward to him presenting our content again next weekend,” said the director general of the BBC Team Davie and announced an independent inquiry into social media regulations to be introduced at the BBC in 2020. Asked if he had been pressured by Conservative MPs and media organisations, Davie said no. “It’s fitting narrativebut that’s not true.”

Lineker found himself out of favor with the BBC after he tweeted last Tuesday that the British Conservative government’s rhetoric regarding the new asylum policy was “similar to that of Germany in the 1930s”.

The BBC saw this as a breach of its strict neutrality rules and suspended the popular presenter.

As a result, several TV personalities, presenters and commentators refused to work for the BBC, on the Match of the Day parade show, which he otherwise hosted Lineker, showed only the highlights of the matches without commentary, and for the first time in history, the show was broadcast without a host, guests and commentary in a shorter, 20-minute version. The media house was criticized for not being politically neutral, but for bowing to government pressure.

The Prime Minister also commented on the plot Rishi Sunakwho expressed hope that the dispute would be “resolved in due course”.

Lineker is satisfied with the outcome

He is happy to return to the air, said the 62-year-old, who has been working with the BBC for almost three decades. “After a surreal few days, I’m delighted we’ve managed to get through this. I’d like to thank everyone for their incredible support, especially my colleagues at the BBC Sport for extraordinary solidarity. Football is a team game, but their support was huge.” he wrote on Twitter today Lineker.

Lineker will be back on air on Saturday when he covers the match between Manchester City and Burnleyreports the BBC.

Source: Rtvslo

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