BBC crisis continues into Sunday as Match of the Day 2 and WSL game to have no presenters amid Gary Lineker row – THE INFORMANTI

The BBC crisis goes on as disruption to their sport programme schedule is expected to continue into Sunday.

It all started with Gary Lineker being taken off their flagship Match of the Day Premier League highlights show for a tweet which compared the language used to launch a new Government asylum seeker policy with 1930s Germany.


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A number of his colleagues, from fellow presenters to pundits and commentators, have decided to boycott in support of Lineker.

The BBC has been forced into an embarrassing apology for only being able to offer ‘limited programming’.

Match of the Day aired on Saturday night in a much stripped back format that feature no commentary or in studio punditry – much to the bewilderment of viewers.

The disruption will continue on Sunday with BBC sports editor Dan Roan writing on Twitter: “At this stage BBC expecting the planned WSL match between Chelsea and Manchester United this afternoon to be on BBC, but with no pre-match presentation.

“Expecting MOTD2 to follow similar much-reduced format to MOTD last night.”

The BBC director-general apologised for the disruption caused to the broadcaster’s sports programming, but confirmed he will not resign over the Lineker impartiality row.


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Tim Davie told BBC News in Washington, DC on Saturday: “I’m very sorry for the disruption today. It’s been a difficult day and I’m sorry that audiences have been affected and they haven’t got the programming.

“As a keen sports fan, I know like everyone that to miss programming is a real blow and I am sorry about that.

“We are working very hard to resolve the situation and make sure that we get output back on air.”


Chelsea’s WSL match on Sunday is one of the matches that will be disrupted

The director-general said that he would not go into too much detail about the discussions being had, but that ‘everyone wants to calmly resolve the situation’.

“I would say Gary Lineker is a superb broadcaster. He’s the best in the business, that’s not for debate,” he added.

“To be clear, success for me is: Gary gets back on air and together we are giving to the audiences that world-class sports coverage which, as I say, I’m sorry we haven’t been able to deliver today.”

talkSPORT had fans covered last night to get their Premier League fix with a change to our schedule at 10:30pm to bring you ‘Game of the Day’ – every single Premier League game was dissected, analysed and comprehensively covered.

You can continue to follow all of Sunday’s Premier League action on talkSPORT throughout the day.


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