Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Gary Lineker is not only BBC man with an opinion

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The BBC can be infuriating, but it means well. It is not the enemy but, be in no doubt, the government doesn’t like it and sees it as the opposition.

When you talk to people who work for the BBC Sport departments – as I have in recent weeks – both employed and freelance, you immediately become aware how careful many are to cover their own backsides, understandably enough.

Tim Davie, the former deputy chairman of the Hammersmith and Fulham Conservative Party, now Director-General of the BBC, has told staff to avoid expressing their personal views on current issues of political controversy on their own private social media accounts. Is the government, by proxy, shutting down criticism wherever and whenever it can? That’s what it looks like to me.

You can see how this happens . . .

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