GB News have taken it upon themselves to give the people what they want and offer up a Match of the Day alternative… without actually showing any football.
The likes of Ian Wright and Alan Shearer have pulled out of hosting the BBC One programme after Gary Lineker was asked to step down over his criticism of the Government’s immigration policy.
It was confirmed on Friday that Lineker would ‘step back’ from presenting the BBC show ‘until an agreement is reached on his social media use’.
Alex Scott and Jermaine Jenas quickly followed suit, while the likes of Dan Walker and Piers Morgan also stood in solidarity with Lineker.
Meanwhile, a petition to reinstate Lineker to the flagship programme reached more than 100,000 signatures in just 12 hours.
But, following the revolt over Lineker’s suspension, the BBC confirmed that Match of the Day ‘will focus on match action without presentation or punditry’, essentially just showing the football highlights.
And it seems GB News are now offering to cover the other half.
Mark Dolan announced on Saturday: ‘We are the people’s channel, and the people need commentary, they need punditry, Match of the Day clocks in at seven million viewers a week, so if the BBC will not serve that audience then GB News with Mark Dolan tonight are happy to step in.
‘It’s going to be the Alternative Match of the Day, I am Gary Lineker.
‘And to make it really feel like Match of the Day, GB News are going to pay me £1.3million.’
He then went on to explain how the show would actually work, considering GB News don’t have the rights to show football.
‘We won’t be able to show live or recorded footage of goals or anything like that.
‘What we will have is top level punditry, so we will have an array of political-free footballers.
‘These are going to be commentators who are not interested in getting involved in Government policy and understand that the British public love their footy and just want to talk about goals, goals, goals.’
‘It’s going to be an all-star line-up, we’re going to have some fun,’ Mark added.
‘We’re going to talk about the football, we’ll try to have still photography and as many clips as we can get our hands on.’
Viewers are pretty baffled about how it will all work, with one writing: ‘Seriously? Good grief’.
Another joked: ‘Mum, can we get Match of the Day? No, we have Match of the Day at home.’
‘Do they want us to put MOTD on the tv and GB News on the radio like the olden days?’ someone else commented.
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