BBC hit by additional chaos as 5 Live's Prem schedule is modified at last-minute
THE BBC have been hit with additional chaos as Radio 5 Live’s Premier League schedule has been modified on the last-minute.
Pre-recorded episodes of the Spygate – Sport’s Strangest Crimes podcast – aired as an alternative of the common 12-2pm slot for Premier League video games.
It comes amid Match of The Day presenter Gary Lineker’s row with the BBC following controversial and inflammatory migrant tweets.
Lineker was taken off air, which led to his co-hosts hanging in solidarity.
As of now, Radio 5 Live’s schedule is because of resume at 2pm for commentary of Fulham’s sport with Arsenal however no 606 phone-in present will air.
Manchester United’s match with Southampton can also be set to be broadcast this afternoon.
BBC workers refused to work on yesterday’s video games, deciding to again Lineker following his criticism of the federal government’s new Unlawful Migration Invoice.
Saturday’s TV and radio timetables had been modified on the final minute – leading to Soccer Focus and Ultimate Rating being scrapped from the BBC One schedule.
MOTD, which Lineker has hosted for nearly 25 years, was lower to simply 20 minutes, with no commentary, evaluation or interviews.
It additionally went out with out its well-known theme tune – as an alternative broadcasting solely brief spotlight clips of the day’s matches.
It did, nonetheless, see its viewing figures soar by 500,000 to 2.6million – the best quantity since November final yr.
The Beeb should not have the rights required to make use of world feed commentary, a problem that noticed final evening’s 20 minute broadcast go with out.
However their very own commentators will return for tonight’s programme, which can air highlights of Manchester United vs Southampton, West Ham vs Aston Villa and Fulham vs Arsenal and not using a studio host.
There can even be no pre-game chat earlier than this afternoon’s Ladies’s Tremendous League conflict between Chelsea and Manchester United, it’s understood.
MOT2 is predicted to take an analogous “reduced” format at 10:30pm immediately, albeit with commentary this time, after host Mark Chapman determined to not current for BBC Radio 5 Live Sport yesterday and pundit Jermain Defoe introduced he wouldn’t seem on the Sunday highlights programme.