Match of the Day host Gary Lineker agrees to cut his £1.75m BBC pay packet after backlash when the hard-up corporation axed free TV licences for pensioners
- The former England striker has agreed to slash his BBC salary amid ongoing rows
- There was nationwide anger over BBC’s axing of free TV licences for over-75s as well as the gender pay gap furore, which saw males stars paid on average more
- The Match of the Day host, 58, said: ‘I love my job at the BBC and I enjoy doing it’
- Lineker, the face of Walker’s crisps, is thought to be worth around £30 million
Gary Lineker has pledged to take a wage cut amid an ongoing row over the BBC’s inflated pay structure for its most high-profile stars.
The Match of the Day host is the highest-paid presenter at the BBC, taking home £1.75million-a-year in a bumper deal alongside his lucrative and long-running relationship with Walker’s crisps.
The move comes in the wake of the Corporation’s decision to axe free TV licences for pensioners as well as the gender pay gap furore.
The Match of the Day host is the Corporation’s highest-paid presenter earning £1.75million-a-year in a bumper deal for the former England striker. The move comes amid the row over the axing of free TV licences for over-75s and the BBC gender pay gap furore
The 58-year-old, who is the face of Walker’s crisps and is thought to be worth around £30 million, agreed to reduce his salary saying that it was the ‘right thing to do.’
Mr Lineker said: ‘I love my job at the BBC and I enjoy doing it.
‘I’m currently negotiating a new contract with them and I’m volunteering to take less,’ the Mirror Online reported.
Six years ago the former striker, who is third behind Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney for England’s record goalscorer, slashed his wages by £500,000.
His move comes amid the row over the axing of free TV licences for over-75s and the BBC gender pay gap furore.
It follows in the footsteps of former Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans who slashes his £2.2million pay packet in 2017 to £1.25million this year – before he quit for Virgin Radio.
Lineker often tweets about hot-button issues and tackles some of the controversial opinions in a new book called Behind Closed Doors, written with Danny Baker.
Lineker said: ‘I know who I am, I know what I am and I know what I believe in.
‘Everything emotional that happens to us has to have an impact.
‘It’s hard to define exactly what that is but I’m more comfortable sharing my emotions now whereas when I was younger, you would never speak about crying or stuff like that because it didn’t appear particularly macho but I think it’s good to talk.
‘The more you keep things in the more difficult things are.’