BBC director says will not resign for taking Lineker off air over his criticism of government

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The BBC's director general says he will not resign after a backlash to the removal of Gary Lineker, the popular host of the broadcaster’s cornerstone soccer program.
Tim Davie says the situation should be resolved calmly. Lineker was suspended after accusing the UK government of using Nazi-era rhetoric in its new immigration policy. His ouster set off a staff boycott, which forced the BBC to curtail major portions of its weekend sports coverage. Many politicians and public figures slammed the BBC’s move, accusing the state-funded broadcaster of buckling to demands from the ruling Conservatives.

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