Lineker row throws spotlight on relationship between BBC bosses and tories

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While Gary Lineker will once again captain Match of the Day after a disastrous PR own goal by BBC management, the injury the for broadcaster could be lengthy.

A tweet by the footballer-turned-pundit last week - likening the British government’s proposed Illegal Immigration Bill to 1930s Germany - prompted bosses to take Lineker off air on the grounds he had breached impartiality rules.

London Correspondent, Mark Paul, outlines the political context that brought controversy to fever pitch; and explains how it exposes a curious relationship between BBC bosses and the Conservatives who’ve been in power for thirteen years.

Media columnist, Laura Slattery, analyses the PR war won by Lineker and whether the rules around impartiality have been permanently changed in the age of social media.