BBC fury: Lineker ‘had to take pay cut’ despite claims he said he wanted his wage slashed

The former England icon had beforehand advised the Daily Mirror that he wanted to slash his hefty £1.75m wage on the BBC as a result of it was “the right thing” to do. It got here as extra strain was positioned on the BBC following criticism about OAP’s tv licenses being axed. The group was additionally going through backlash over the gender pay hole controversy.

But in accordance to The Sun, Gary was already being confronted with the prospect of getting his wage reduce.

A supply said: “Gary’s deal is up for renewal and that course of is ongoing, however the BBC are clear that high earners could have to take cuts and he is not any exception.

“The strain to make financial savings is intense. It isn’t an choice not to take a success within the present local weather.”

An insider added: “Hopefully a deal will be struck soon.”

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Gary is the BBC’s highest paid star, with stories suggesting he is price round £30m.

He had beforehand said: “I’m at the moment negotiating a brand new contract with them and I’m ­volunteering to take much less.”

Gary reportedly took a a £500,000 pay reduce to stay a presenter on the present six years in the past.

However, the most recent revelation prompted a flurry of indignant readers to touch upon The Sun’s story.

One wrote: “All this self-sacrifice propaganda is a smoke display.

“If he actually thought he was paid an excessive amount of, he ought to have given a 3rd to charity.”

Another said: “Disgusting he was on that salary to begin with.”

A 3rd added: “Anyone or anything could present this show and it would always be watched by many as its football.”

He has been fronting the soccer present because the late 1990s and has an estimated internet price of £30 million.

The soccer pundit not too long ago joked he was due a pay rise after the present tweeted he had been on for 20 seasons.

Gary responded to the tweet in view of his 7.four million followers, writing: “Christ! 20 years: must be due a pay rise?”

Back in July, it was revealed he was the very best paid BBC star for a second yr in a row.

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