The presenter who has criticized UK immigration law will return to his BBC programme
The outlet’s managing director, Tim Davie, announced on Monday 13 March that Gary Lineker would be presenting again on the BBC after a row with his employer over his tweets critical of the UK’s new immigration law.
Davey said in a statement that the BBC would launch an independent review of its social media guidelines and would focus on how they applied to freelancers outside the news business, such as Linker who presents Match of the Day.
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The director general acknowledged that the current guidelines contained “gray areas” but that Linker would “adhere to editorial guidelines” until the BBC’s social media policy review is complete.
For his part, the broadcaster and former England national team striker who has worked for the BBC for nearly three decades said he was delighted that the problem had been resolved.
“After a few surreal days, I’m glad we’re through it. I want to thank you all for the incredible support, in particular my colleagues at BBC Sport, for your fantastic show of solidarity. Football is a team game, but your support has been overwhelming,” Lineker said.
“We are still a country of tolerance, hospitality and generosity,” he added.
Last Tuesday, the former footballer slammed on Twitter a new immigration bill that would allow anyone entering the UK illegally to be arrested and swiftly removed from “beyond the terrible”.
Lineker rejected British Home Secretary Soella Braverman’s claim that there has been an influx of migrants into the UK, noting that the country accepts far fewer refugees than other major European countries.
“This is just an immeasurably cruel policy targeting the most vulnerable people with language not unlike that used by Germany in the 1930s, am I wrong?” he said.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) suspended his participation in his program on Friday due to the criticism he had received. However, many gave him their support, including his co-hosts, Ian Wright and Alan Shearer, who boycotted the show and announced that they would not be showing solidarity with the former footballer.
* Aisha Sandoval Alaguna contributed to this note.
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