BBC leadership under renewed pressure after Gary Lineker U-turn

Corporation’s reinstatement of Match of the Day presenter described as a ‘capitulation’

The BBC’s leadership was facing renewed pressure on Monday after the corporation U-turned to bring Gary Lineker back to Match of the Day, cancelling the presenter’s suspension without requiring him to make any significant concessions.

Three days after Lineker was taken off air for criticising the language used by ministers when discussing the government’s asylum policy, Tim Davie, the director general of the BBC, announced an independent review of the corporation’s social media guidelines.

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