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Gary Lineker vs. BBC

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Martyn Miles, Mar 10, 2023.

  1. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Well, he has gone.
    The BBC will save over a million pounds, which they can spend on something useful...
  2. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    BOGOF - No Ian Wright either.
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  3. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    That's surpr ising. I know nothing of football but he was the nation's favourite for years.
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  4. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    A little more research and context needed on this thread I think.
  5. SteveS1

    SteveS1 I heard that, pardon?

    BBC caves in shock.
    anubisgrau, Alex S and Nye Samuel like this.
  6. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans

    For starters, it's not a permanent thing.
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  7. Nye Samuel

    Nye Samuel Herr Katze

    Context...ok here is my 2¢....I am a historian and Jewish:

    Where do you want to start with GL...I agree with him....I doubt you want a history lesson...but his comments were about the 1930s...time of the Nuremberg Race Laws that took away the human rights of Jews in Germany....They used the legal system to make life difficult from a group not unlike what the Tories are doing ...He never mentioned the Holocaust....which began in June 1941 with the invasion of the Soviet Union...GL never said the Tories are killing people ...I hope he quits the BBC....The Tories are hypocrites...they can say what they like ..freedom of speech but if GL does the same is unpatriotic or disrespectful to the Holocaust and its victims....He never mentioned it...never alluded to it....I am Jewish...lost family in the Holocaust...I am not offended! The BBC have capitulated to the Right Wing Tory culture warriors....and they doing it to David Attenborough's upcoming series on the British Isles and the increasing damage to its biodiversity.
    Chris Tarling, KrisW, Spike and 69 others like this.
  8. calorgas

    calorgas Generic middle-aged man

    That remains to be seen. I hope he sticks to his guns in which case it might be.
  9. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    It was the fact they paid him over a million pounds to talk about over-paid young men kicking a
    ball around.
    Football stopped being a sport many years ago.
    Now it’s just an industry worth millions, if not billions.
    Darren, Dave Decadent, Zeusum and 2 others like this.
  10. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans

    Agreed, but that's not what the OP said.
  11. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Well, it ought to be.
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  12. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Good on him for standing up to fascism. This topic is covered at length on a ‘Rise Of The Far Right’ thread and it is great to see others such as Ian Wright and John Barnes standing in solidarity with him. Hopefully more will follow. The ideal would be the whole MOTD production team walking out. Screw the Tories far-right culture war. Screw their highly partisan Tory donor BBC Chairman Richard Sharp.
    Jason P, Dark Lord, rbrierle and 30 others like this.
  13. eisenach

    eisenach J'étais Prof

    Bravo !
  14. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Yes, I get that. However I'm currently on holiday in Italy and it's all anyone wants to talk about. People are asking me questions about Leeds United as soon as we get past "di dove sei?" and even if I understand the Italian I don't know any of the answers. Ask the TV advertisers if they think football's irrelevant.
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  15. Gerard124

    Gerard124 Tempus fugit, memento mori

    Good for Lineker and Ian Wright, I see no reason why an employee of the BBC can't state their opinions off air and in public (it's not like he's a newsreader or involved in current affairs).

    Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

    IMHO as long as he is being impartial about football that's all that matters to the Beeb.
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  16. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    They’ve given Chris Packham a world of pain for speaking truth to power on environmental and wildlife issues too. The BBC position seems to be experts are fine as long as they capitulate to Tory ideology.

    PS When considering newsreader ideology it is worth noting the background and links of presenters such as Nick Robinson (ex-Young Conservatives/Tory activist), Andrew Neil (editor of right-wing The Spectator), Fiona Bruce (well worth a google), Laura Kuenssberg (Laura Kuenssberg). Plus obviously Richard Sharp who actively funds the Tory Party.
    Dark Lord, rbrierle, Yomanze and 8 others like this.
  17. palacefan

    palacefan pfm Member

    This is a bit concerning for those who believe in free speech because the Tories and right wing loonies demonstrate all the time that morality truth and common decency are matters that are of zero interest to them. A party full of shifty liars, Johnson, Hancock what an appropriate name for see you next Tuesday of an individual, Shifty Raab.....J-- wept just so many names to type out!
  18. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    Shearer has baled out also now.

    Excellent news! :)
  19. canonman

    canonman pfm Member

    Alan Shearer too
    alan967tiger and Stuart Frazer like this.
  20. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    Maybe the BBC can save the BBC Singers, recently slated for disbanding.

    On the other hand Lineker is a free agent rather than direct [former] employee of the BBC and I don't see what the gripe is if he expresses a few home truths. If he had got onto a similar track about the owners of Man U or something related to what he has been doing at BBC, then possibly. But he is as free as a bird when off topic in my view. After all the BBC stage and interview much more controversial characters than he is on the news and Question Time etc.

    I never liked Lineker since his escapades advertising Walker's Crisps, but finally I see him as someone with the profile to have spoken truth to power with some force.

    Just a thought.

    Best wishes from George

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