Time is of the essence for BBC bosses to hammer out a compromise
March 12, 2023 8:02 pm(Updated 8:03 pm)
Well, that’s one way to boost Match of the Day viewing figures, Gary.
Ironically, the great BBC sports presenter mutiny encouraged an extra half a million people to rubberneck – and watch the fallout of Gary Lineker’s suspension unfold on their screens on Saturday night.
And what a spectacle it was – no signature theme tune, commentary nor pundits, just action. Similar disruption continued across the BBC’s sport coverage yesterday.
The Lineker saga has piqued the interest of parts of society that normal politics (and football) cannot reach. And it’s for precisely this reason that the matter – and how it is resolved – has assumed such importance.
Everyone can agree that the BBC has got itself into a mess, and probably wishes it could go back in a time machine and do things differently.
But now Director-General Tim Davie needs to find a compromise – and fast – to regain control of the story, win back its staff, and restore the public’s trust.
Today could be a bumpy day at BBC offices as efforts ramp up to quell widespread dissatisfaction at the sorry handling of the affair.
Some staff are understandably unhappy at perceptions of hypocrisy and double standards over BBC chairman Richard Sharp’s appointment, donations to the Conservative Party and links to Boris Johnson.
And how Davie’s own Conservative past looks as he attempts to convince the public that the corporation is politically impartial.
Suggestions that the BBC may soften their stance are welcome. Time is of the essence for BBC bosses to hammer out a compromise.
They surely can’t stand for further disruption to TV schedules or for the crisis to lead any more BBC news bulletins.