Gary Lineker is BBC’s best paid star again, but women close gap

Many female stars have had pay rises, while male news presenters have taken cuts

Gary Lineker has maintained his status as the BBC’s highest earner as the broadcaster’s leading male sports presenters refused to take pay cuts, although many of the corporation’s leading women have enjoyed substantial wage increases.

The Match of the Day host took home £1.75m from the corporation last year, while his fellow pundit Alan Shearer got £440,000. Other high-earning sports pundits include Jermaine Jenas on £210,000 a year and Ian Wright on £205,000, while John McEnroe earns £190,000 for taking part in the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage.

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