Gary Lineker takes big pay cut to sign new five-year deal with the BBC


The Match of the Day host has signed a new contract that ties him to the corporation until 2025

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The Match of the Day host has committed his future to the corporation until 2025, despite a 23 per cent pay cut on his reported £1.75million-a-year salary.

Lineker said: “I love working with the BBC, and am very proud to continue to be a part of their outstanding football team.

« I’m looking forward to the next five years – with a European Championship and World Cup on the horizon, it’s exciting times for me and the team.”

Following the announcement, he also tweeted: « Oh dear. Thoughts are with the haters at this difficult time. »

BBC Head of TV Sport Philip Bernie added: “Gary is the outstanding football presenter of his time.

« The BBC is extremely pleased to have him leading our coverage so exceptionally for another five years.”

GMB host Piers Morgan said: « I’m absolutely disgusted that @GaryLineker has taken a 23% pay cut in the same month he’s said he’s taking in a refugee.

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

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

BBC Radio 2 breakfast show DJ Zoe Ball shoots up the list – on £1.36 million, making her the highest-paid woman in the top 10.


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