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Saturday, 29 December 2018

BBC Unable to Temper Lineker Political Bias


Crisp-stealing, jug-eared arsehole Gary Lineker has courted controversy among his BBC peers and viewers alike by using Twitter as a platform to spout left wing, anti-Brexit rhetoric.

Lineker, 58, who receives a salary of £1.7m courtesy of the TV licence fee, has been accused of breaching strict BBC rules by regularly expressing trendy-lefty political opinions via social media.

Guidelines state that BBC staff and freelancers working for BBC News and Current Affairs must not state or reveal publicly how they vote or express support for any political party, express a view for or against any policy which is a matter of current party political debate on subjects such as Brexit.

The BBC has confirmed that Lineker, as a sports presenter, is not subject to the same conditions of employment.

A couple of weeks ago respected BBC cricket presenter Jonathan Agnew tweeted a reminder to Lineker that he was the face of BBC Sport and should therefore be following editorial guidelines. Lineker mockingly thanked Agnew for his concern, adding it "wouldn't be concern at all if you agreed with me".

A BBC spokesman told the Express: "Gary is not involved in any news or political output for the BBC and as such any expression of his personal political views does not affect the BBC's impartiality."

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1 comment:

Bill P. Godfrey said...

I'm not sure what your objection is. He doesn't express his political views on the BBC but when he's off duty.