Laura Kuenssberg slammed for 'extraordinarily biased' reporting on Gary Lineker

People are not happy with how Laura Kuenssberg has reported on the whole Gary Lineker situation.

Lineker, 62, has been at the centre of a media storm this week after he was asked to step back from hosting Match Of The Day ‘until an agreement is reached on his social media use’.

The controversial decision from the BBC came after the football pundit compared the UK government’s language around migrants to the language used in 1930s Germany, on his personal Twitter account.

Naturally, the whole thing has been all anyone has been reporting on, including the BBC itself, but journalist Kuenssberg didn’t seem to quite get the impartiality memo.

While discussing the saga on her show this weekend, the 46-year-old actually read out anti-Lineker messages, causing viewers to brand her reporting ‘extraordinarily biased’.

‘Surely the more important question is why any licence payers’ funding goes towards such an enormous salary for Gary Lineker? Maybe it would be good to let him go’, one email read.

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As for the BBC’s guidelines, they make it clear that employees are prohibited from expressing any bias on a matter.

Section 4.1 of their editorial guidelines states: ‘The term “due” means that the impartiality must be adequate and appropriate to the output, taking account of the subject and nature of the content, the likely audience expectation and any signposting that may influence that expectation.’

The BBC has been contacted for comment.

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