BBC Director General Tim Davie is keen on reaching an agreement with Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker to bring him back
It seems that Lineker may return to his role as host of Match of the Day, as BBC Director-General, Tim Davie, has expressed his desire to have him back and stated that they are working hard to resolve the situation.
Lineker’s absence causes huge disruption in BBC programs
Lineker had previously been confirmed to step aside from his role after he made critical remarks about the government’s immigration policy on social media.
“Success for me is getting Gary 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,” said Davie in an interview.
The BBC encountered a crisis in their football coverage due to Lineker’s suspension. Many presenters, such as Alan Shearer and Ian Wright, supported Lineker and withdrew from programs.
“Success for me is getting Gary back on air“
Consequently, the show aired without any presenters or commentators, and it only lasted for 20 minutes. Moreover, the BBC had to cancel some shows, including Football Focus and Final Score, and their Five Live coverage was severely impacted.
Even the top-of-the-table WSL match between Chelsea and Manchester United on Sunday is being broadcast without any pre-game presentation on BBC Two.
There is a possibility of continued disturbance to the BBC’s coverage on Sunday, as it is currently uncertain whether Match of the Day 2 will air as planned. Additionally, the station is set to broadcast the Women’s Super League’s top-of-the-table game between Manchester United and Chelsea. Still, it remains to be seen if the coverage will be affected.