Gary Lineker to take 23% pay cut next year in new BBC deal and jokes 'my thoughts are with the haters'

GARY Lineker is set to take a 23 per cent pay cut next year in a new BBC deal – and today joked "my thoughts are with the haters".

The BBC announced he signed a five year contract with the corporation today as they revealed the wages of all their best paid stars.

He tweeted a link to the story, adding: "Oh dear. Thoughts are with the haters at this difficult time."

BBC director-general Tim Davie said: "He has done so at a saving of nearly a quarter over his last contract.

"And this is a great example of giving audiences both the best talent and the best value."

Lineker was once again the BBC's top earner, according to new figures, but he is taking a pay cut.

An announcement today said the Match Of The Day host is reducing his salary next year

The names of BBC talent earning more than £150,000 a year have been published, a move previously instigated by the Government.

Lineker took £1.75million, according to the figures, which cover the period until the end of March this year – before any cut.

The BBC previously opposed the publication of salaries as a "poacher's charter", but then-boss Lord Hall later said he welcomed the "transparency".


The salaries are being published amid questions about how the BBC will be funded in future.

The licence fee model is guaranteed until December 31 2027, the end of the current charter.

It comes as Zoe Ball has bagged nearly a £1million pay rise, the BBC revealed today, as Huw Edwards and Alan Shearer's wages are cut after the gender pay gap backlash.

This year’s top BBC earners

  1. Gary Lineker – £1,750,000 – 1,754,999: salary stays the same but will take a pay cut to £1.35m reflected in next year's figures
  2. Zoe Ball – £1,360,000 – 1,364,999: UP £990,000
  3. Graham Norton – £725,000 – 729,999: UP £115,000
  4. Steve Wright – £475,000 – 479,000: UP £10,000 
  5. Huw Edwards – £465,000  – 469,999: DOWN 25,000
  6. Fiona Bruce – £450,000 – 454,999: UP 195,000
  7. Vanessa Feltz – £405,000 –   409,999: UP  50,000
  8. Lauren Laverne – £395,000 – 399,999: UP £90,000
  9. Alan Shearer – £390,000 – 394,999: DOWN 50,000
  10. Stephen Nolan – £390,000 – 394,000: UP £75,000

Earlier this year we told how she lost a million listeners on her BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

She pulled in 8.2million weekly listeners in 2019’s final quarter, compared to 9.1million before Evans left in 2018.

The BBC Annual Report today revealed the 49-year-old's pay has soared from £370,000 last year to a minimum of £1.36million – nine times that of the Prime Ministers'.

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