Gary Lineker gets BBC talking-to after attacking Tory asylum plan

Gary Lineker gets BBC talking-to after attacking Tory asylum plan
Опубликовано: Wednesday, 08 March 2023 06:52

Top TV presenter causes stir with Conservatives … again.

LONDON — The BBC will remind host Gary Lineker “of his responsibilities on social media” after the footballer-turned-TV-presenter angered Conservatives with his take on the government’s migration bill.

The Match of the Day host attacked the Illegal Migration Bill — unveiled Tuesday — as an “immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people,” and argued that the language in announcing it was “not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s.”

It prompted an immediate backlash from Tory MPs, including the party’s deputy chairman Lee Anderson.

“This is just another example of how out of touch these overpaid stars are with the voting public,” Anderson said. “Instead of lecturing, Mr Lineker should stick to reading out the football scores and flogging crisps.”

In a message to Lineker, Tory peer Theodore Agnew told the host he was “the face of BBC Sport.”

And he urged: “Please observe BBC editorial guidelines and keep your political views, whatever they are and whatever the subject, to yourself.”

Responding to the row, a BBC spokesperson told the Daily Telegraph: “Gary will be spoken to and reminded of his responsibilities on social media.”

It’s not the first time Lineker has brushed up against rules meant to keep BBC stars’ views in check. The corporation’s complaints unit ruled late last year that a Tweet urging the Conservatives to “hand back their donations from Russian donors” did not meet the broadcaster’s impartiality rules.

Related items

After Putin vowed ‘problems,’ Russia ends cross-border deal with Finland

Wednesday, 24 January 2024 22:12

Helsinki has accused Moscow of sparking a mig

How do you stop the rise of the far right? Build houses 

Wednesday, 24 January 2024 21:09

As polls forecast a surge in support for Euro

Threats won’t keep me from Northern Ireland deal, DUP chief declares

Wednesday, 24 January 2024 19:22

Jeffrey Donaldson wins rare cross-party prais

Georgia follows Putin’s lead, new report says

Wednesday, 24 January 2024 16:38

Dictatorships ‘learn from each other,’ resear