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Tim Davie says BBC will be able to strip stars of Twitter accounts

Added 09-29-20 09:36:03am EST - “BBC director-general Tim Davie, who has been in the role for less than a month, told MPs that the rules would cover those working in news, current affairs and beyond and were 'imminent'.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Tim Davie says BBC will be able to strip stars of Twitter accounts”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Gary Lineker today publicly laughed at his new boss Tim Davie's plans to suspend BBC employees' Twitter accounts if they breach impartiality guidelines.

Mr Davie, who has been the BBC's director-general for less than a month, told MPs that the 'imminent' rules would cover those in news, current affairs and beyond - and singled out the £1.35million-a-year star's' 'flavoursome turn of phrase' online.

The new measures will no doubt have an impact on the Match of the Day presenter's often politically-charged Twitter feed, but he responded to today's announcement with three laughing emojis, adding: 'I think only Twitter can take people off Twitter.'

Mr Davie also spoke about issues facing the BBC, such as its cost-cutting plans and the impact of the proposed decriminalisation of the non-payment of the licence fee.

And he defended Zoe Ball's salary, recently revealed to be £1.36million in 2019/20, and the BBC's record of reporting across the whole of the UK instead of just England.

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