BBC journalist forced to issue apology to Gary Lineker after breaching social media rules


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The outspoken former footballer is not shy when it comes to airing his political views on social media. He often laments Brexit while sharing thoughts with his 8.5million Twitter followers. Subjects also include climate change, Russia’s war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis.

Regulator OfCom requires the BBC to be impartial in its output and the taxpayer funded corporation has pledged not to show political bias.

And when the BBC’s Director-General Tim Davie was appointed, he told staff if they want to be opinionated columnists or a partisan campaigners on social media they “should not be working at the BBC”.

The broadcaster’s boss previously said it needed to “urgently champion and recommit to impartiality”.


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