BBC blunder: Gary Lineker left red-faced after making spelling error in new message

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Gary Lineker is one of the BBC’s most popular stars and has recently signed a new five year contract with the corporation up until 2025. Tonight, Lineker will once again host the Sports Personality of the Year 2020 awards, which he has done for the more than 20 years.

However, despite being one of the biggest names at the corporation, the former footballer humiliated the BBC today after a hilarious spelling.

Lineker posted what appears to be a poster outside his dressing room, however, there was a notable error.

Instead of spelling his name correctly, the BBC wrote: “Gary Linekar”.

Posting the image of spelling error of his Instagram story, Lineker said: “Been presenting this show for over 20 years and still get my name spelt incorrectly.”

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After posting about the spelling error, Lineker took to social media again to reveal his name has since been fixed.

Sharing the amended version, he said: “The power of social media.”

The annual contest will see the likes of cricketer Stuart Broad, jockey Hollie Doyle, Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton and footballer Jordan Henderson all compete for the crown.

Lineker will host the award ceremony alongside Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott.

Earlier this year, Lineker agreed to a £400,000 pay cut and to tweet more carefully.

Tim Davie, the new BBC director general, announced the deal at the launch of the corporation’s annual report back in September.

Mr Davie emphasise all BBC staff would be bound by strict new social media guidelines within weeks.

He said: “Gary knows that he has responsibilities to the BBC in terms of his use of social media.”

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Lineker – who suggested the BBC licence fee should be voluntary – took home a staggering £1.75m in the last financial year.

This was more than any other employee but agreed to the pay cut following the BBC’s annual report.

In the report, which included all the salaries of staff earning more than £150,000, it revealed prominent women at the corporation received a substantial pay rise.

Speaking about the mandatory licence fee, Lineker said: “You’re forced to pay it if you want a TV, and therefore it’s a tax.

“The public pay our salaries, so everyone is a target.”

He said he had “always said for a long time” the fee should be voluntary and added: “You would lose some people, but at the same time you’d be up the price a bit.

“[The licence fee] is the price of a cup of coffee a week at the moment.

“If you put it up you could help older people, or those that can’t afford it.”

This year, the BBC faced major backlash after scrapping free TV licences for most over-75s.

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