Martyn Ziegler, Chief Sports Reporter for The Times, writes that the BBC has landed itself in "an embarrassing mess" over the departure of Mark Pougatch from Radio 5 Live. He says it wasn't his decision to leave, but the BBC put out a statement declaring that he “has now decided to move on”.
Pougatch told this column: “The BBC have decided they want to go in a different direction and that’s their prerogative. They decided it, not me — I don’t know why they put that statement out saying I have decided to move on. But I am not going to fall out with Radio 5 — I have many happy memories and have had a phenomenal time.
A BBC spokesman said: “We have nothing to add”.