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‘Another one?’ Gary Lineker deletes Twitter post addressing his £400,000 BBC pay cut

Last year, the BBC revealed that football pundit Gary Lineker, 60, took a voluntary pay cut, meaning £400,000 of his salary was slashed. In the 2019/20 financial year, he was was the highest-earning BBC star with a £1.75m salary.

Yesterday, The Times reported that the BBC is expected to announce a 10 per cent drop in pay for its highest-earning presenters.

Ahead of the annual report being published, a senior source told them it would show “pay bill for top talent down by 10 per cent”.

The article adds that part of the £2 million decrease in the wage bill is expected to include Gary Lineker’s £400,000 cut.

Twitter account News For All shared the news with their 21,000 followers today.

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BBC Radio 2 host Zoe Ball follows Gary in second place as the broadcaster’s highest paid female.

The presenter, who quit Strictly: It Takes Two earlier this year, earns a staggering £1,130,000-£1,134,999, which is down from last year.

Steve Wright is third on the list with a decreased salary of £465,000-£469,999.

Huw Edwards has also taken a pay cut and now earns between £425,000-£429,999 a year.

The second highest earning female is Question Time host Fiona Bruce, with £405,000-£409,999 in earnings.

Gary previously said of taking a pay cut: “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,” he told the Daily Mirror.

He also reportedly told a friend: “It’s the right thing to do.”


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