Alex Ferguson lifts BBC ban after meeting with Mark Thompson

The Manchester United manager has refused to take part in post-match interviews since 2004

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be back on the BBC after seven years,
following a meeting with the corporation’s director general, Mark Thompson.


Back in 2004, Ferguson swore he would not take part in a post-match interview with the BBC until it apologised for allegations about his football agent son, Jason, made in the BBC3 documentary Fergie and Me.

“I think the BBC is the kind of company that never apologise and they never will apologise. They are arrogant beyond belief,” said Ferguson at the time.

But following a meeting with Thompson and BBC North director Peter Salmon, Sir Alex and the corporation released a joint statement announcing that they had set aside their differences.

“Sir Alex and the BBC have put behind them the difficulties which led to Sir Alex feeling unable to appear on BBC programmes.”

And while it seems neither party has apologised, the statement continued: “The issues have been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. Sir Alex will now make himself available to the BBC for Match of the Day, Radio 5 Live and other outlets as agreed.”


As well as disappointing United fans and BBC viewers, Ferguson had incurred a fine from the Premier League for every post-match interview he failed to take part in.