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With The Bbc Gary Lineker Travels Nearly 3600 Miles To Cover Euro 2020

Gary Lineker covered the Euro 2020 football competition for more than 3,600 kilometres without ever leaving the United Kingdom.
To face live coverage of matches, the BBC’s highest-paid star made nine 404-mile round trips between his London home and a studio in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Many of his – and his colleagues commentators’ – journeys will have been paid for by the license fee, which included hotel stays and the expense of renting a high-tech studio.
Gary Lineker, the BBC’s highest-paid personality, traveled 404 miles round trip between his London home and a studio in Salford, Greater Manchester, to face live coverage of matches. This is the latest illustration of the additional expenditures associated with the Corporation’s controversial decision to shift its sport department to the North of England.
Some potential London-based interviewees have been put off by the long drive, raising concerns that the shift has harmed the quality of the programs.
If the coverage had come from a London studio, Lineker, who was paid PS1.36 million last year, would have merely traveled 108 miles.
He isn’t the only one who has logged a lot of kilometers while covering the Euros.
Gabby Logan traveled 390 miles round trip from her home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, and Rio Ferdinand traveled 470 miles round trip from his home near Bromley, Kent.
Alex Scott made five trips to Salford from her London home.
Other on-screen specialists traveled considerable distances to MediaCity in Salford, including former German striker Jurgen Klinsmann, who was flown in from California, and Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who flew in from Monaco.
According to BBC standards, all work-related travel between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. is reimbursed from the license fund.
As a result, flights and taxis for Euro 2020 presenters covering evening matches would be included.
Additional trips to studios should be paid for by the presenter, though BBC insiders say this doesn’t always happen.
Thousands of pounds were spent on hiring Dock 10 studio in Salford, which is owned by private business Peel Media, in addition to travel and lodging costs.
According to a BBC representative, all travel and lodging expenses for Euro 2020 presenters and analysts were in conformity with the broadcaster’s rules.
When BBC Sport, together with Radio 5 Live, BBC Breakfast, children’s programming, and BBC Learning, moved to a new Salford Quays headquarters in 2011, the overall cost of the transfer was stated at PS942 million. Gabby Logan made six round trips of 390 miles from her home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.
The strategy was designed to make the Corporation less ‘London-centric,’ though opponents have said that it was merely a show of good faith, with many major stars and executives remaining in Southern England and commuting as necessary – as the Euros coverage revealed.
Mark Chapman, a presenter, and Mark Hughes, a former Wales international, were two of the few contributors who reside closer to Salford than London.
The Olympics, which begin on Friday, will be covered in a similar manner.
Clare Balding, Gabby Logan, Alex Scott, Hazel Irvine, and Jason Mohammad will all have round-trips of more than 390 miles, while Dan Walker, from Sheffield, and Sam Quek, from The Wirral, will headline the breakfast slot.
Alex Scott flew five times from London to Salford to work on the Euros coverage. It is understood that presenters will be housed in hotels, with costs capped at PS90 per night under employee guidelines.
If hotel costs are held to that level, the hotel bills for five presenters for five nights a week over four weeks, paid for the licence fee payers, will exceed PS10,000.
But, the cost will be much lower than sending a large crew to Tokyo, which the BBC would have done if the epidemic had not occurred.
Katherine Grainger, a former Olympic rower, Victoria Pendleton, a former Olympic cyclist, and Denise Lewis, an athletics great, will be among the experts and commentators heading north.
The BBC decided to relocate its programming to Salford in an attempt to make it more “devolved,” “diverse,” and “democratic.”
The decision was described as ‘politically correct, but practically rubbish’ by the BBC-friendly Guardian newspaper, while Jeremy Clarkson said it was ‘box-ticking,’ adding that Salford was a’small neighborhood with little to offer beyond a Starbucks and a canal with ducks on it.’

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