After Gary Lineker criticized the British government’s migration policy, the BBC fired him as presenter. Colleagues are now showing solidarity with him, and the question arises: is broadcasting in Great Britain too entangled in politics?
Gary Lineker could hardly have received much more support. Shortly after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) had dismissed the former world-class striker and leading football critic in the country on Friday as moderator of the Premier League matchday summary “Match of the Day” because of controversial political assessments, his colleagues showed solidarity with him, including the entire team of experts around Alan Shearer, Ian Wright and Alex Scott. They announced that they would not be available to the public broadcaster for the weekend highlight programs as planned. The BBC then had to announce that the world’s most famous football show, which has been running since 1964, will take place – but for the first time without studio moderation and experts.