The BBC row with Gary Lineker “goes straight to the heart” of the broadcaster’s wider repute in information protection, the top of Ofcom has mentioned.
Dame Melanie Dawes, the chief govt of the broadcasting regulator, mentioned that “it hasn’t been a great weekend for BBC sports fans” after the BBC was compelled to drag a lot of its sports activities protection amid the row with Lineker.
Appearing earlier than the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport choose committee, she added: “I think we’re all glad to see that hopefully the BBC is moving beyond this episode.”
She mentioned: “An episode like this goes straight to the heart of that wider reputation on their news and current affairs coverage.
“The query for the BBC on their social media tips is a query for his or her board, not one thing wherein Ofcom has a job.
“I think they need to look at those guidelines and see if they’re right in a world of increased use of social media, and look at what they ask in terms of their contributors as well as their staff.”
She mentioned she thinks there must be “very strict rules for news presenters and that’s what the guidelines have”, including that “beyond that questions of freedom of expression do become relevant” and BBC must “work out how to draw that line”.
The company has now agreed to permit Lineker again on air this weekend after it suspended the Match of the Day presenter, 62, for his tweets criticising the federal government’s migration coverage.
On Monday, Lineker tweeted that he was “delighted we have navigated a way through this” and mentioned he “cannot wait” to get again on the present.
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The BBC’s transfer to droop the presenter triggered pundits, presenters and reporters – together with Ian Wright and Alex Scott – to hitch a walkout in solidarity with him over the weekend as others criticised the broadcaster for its response.
Former BBC journalist Jon Sopel drew a comparability with the company’s chairman Richard Sharp, who has been concerned in a cronyism row over accusations he helped Boris Johnson safe an £800,000 mortgage facility.
The broadcaster later apologised and director-general Tim Davie introduced a assessment of social media tips on the broadcaster.