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Egg

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where is this statutory obligation, or have you just made this up? And what does "impartial" mean? He may not have a professional responsibility to be curious about the government's behaviour, but does that mean he has no rights to express an opinion about it on any medium?
He's made it up. The BBC guidelines do, expressly, state:
'The extent to which a non-staff member, contributor or presenter is required to comply with the editorial guidelines will be set out in the BBC’s contractual relationship with them.'
Lineker's lack of contrition suggests to me that he, and his legal team, are very confident he hasn't gone beyond what his contract allows. The fact that Tim Davie has spoken of him in glowing terms, and says that he wants him back in the fold ASAP, would seem to support this assertion.

Then again, perhaps Tavy and Jinx have sight of Gary's contract and know otherwise lol.
 

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Ah, bring back the days of Jimmy "I have no opinions" Hill on BBC TV, and Fred "I've got nothing to say" Trueman on BBC radio.

Sure, they wanted hooligans birched or whatever but those were reasonable opinions and nobody could object them being aired on the BBC.

(And never mind that unlike all those previous broadcasters, Lineker was not expressing his opinions in his job on the BBC ... )
 

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From what I am hearing/reading around last night's 20 min highlights package: Lineker and crew's puff pieces and analysis, as well as manager/player interviews certainly not missed, whereas the in match commentary was missed.
It was distinctly odd and wrong without commentary but I certainly did not miss the so called expert analysis from the overpaid prima donnas
 

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Where, exactly, do our resident GBeebies fans stand on this I wonder?!Fq4DkoIWIBQVSsY.jpeg
 

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The figures are up on the night. I suspect few will watch on iPlayer though.
Sure, the audience was big. It's a huge news story. If I'd been in the UK I certainly would have watched to see what they did with it.

I also watched 9/11 and Jan 6 2021 on TV. Because it was news, not because I liked it.
 
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Sure, the audience was big. It's a huge news story. If I'd been in the UK I certainly would have watched to see what they did with it.

I also watched 9/11 and Jan 6 2021 on TV. Because it was news, not because I liked it.
As I say, I can't see many watching on iPlayer and I suspect overall the figures will be down.

Incidentally, my eldest hated match of the day this week. I thought it was alright, personally. But I'm used to watching highlights with no commentary and I'm no fan of the pundit generally. Roberto Martinez (yes I know this is strange) used to do a decent job on the radio mind you.
 

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Sure, the audience was big. It's a huge news story. If I'd been in the UK I certainly would have watched to see what they did with it.

I also watched 9/11 and Jan 6 2021 on TV. Because it was news, not because I liked it.
Quite. And then you'll have all those such as Tory MPs Scott Benton and John Redwood who've probably never watched before but made a point of doing so in order to comment on how much better it was.

The former, alas, contrived to balls this up by saying how good it was that, on this occasion, they showed ALL the goals.
 

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"GBeebies" - I love it!!! :love:
They even have their own special show.
The Torytubbies
Featuring Tinky-Winky McVey,Dipsy Dorries, Laa Laa Mogg and Poo Anderson
Not forgetting the anthropomorphic blue vacuum cleaner Noo-Noo Johnson behind the scenes, sucking up all the fees.
 

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where is this statutory obligation, or have you just made this up? And what does "impartial" mean? He may not have a professional responsibility to be curious about the government's behaviour, but does that mean he has no rights to express an opinion about it on any medium?
Given all these problems of interpretation time to bin off the BBC ?

St Gary can then set up his own TV/wireless company to broadcast his views whether political of otherwise.
 

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Presumably, in the interests of "impartiality" perhaps they should bin Conservative Baroness Brady from The Apprentice unless she ditches her weekly pro-Tory mouthpiece in The Sun every week?
Or remove the special BBC Rail-pass from lifelong Tory (and former MP) Portillo?
 
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