BBC pay fury: Clare Balding demands to know how much Gary Lineker is paid each hour  – News 247
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BBC pay fury: Clare Balding demands to know how much Gary Lineker is paid each hour – News 247

November 17, 2019


 The television presenter called for “complete transparency” over the money the BBC pays its stars and the hours they work, adding that “nobody knows how many days Gary Lineker does for his enormous salary” Balding made the comments, reported by The Sunday Times, as she spoke to teenage girls at Benenden School in Kent  She insisted the “the only way” for gender pay equality at the corporation “is with transparency”  Balding added: “And I mean complete transparency of what people are paid for the days they work  “Not just a general number, because nobody knows how many days Gary Lineker does for his enormous salary, and until you know that, you can’t really make a judgment ” Lineker, who presents Match of the Day, was paid between £1.75m and £1.755m by the BBC in 2018/19  The eye-watering amount makes him the broadcaster’s highest paid star. Balding, who has presented the Olympic Games, was paid between £175,000 and £179,999 over the year    Estimates by The Sunday Times calculate Lineker takes home £14,113 an hour, while Balding’s hourly pay is put at £1,056  Lineker’s agent Jon Holmes said: “A lot of the time the rates are down to the star factor  “You have to think about how many people watch the football and how many watch the athletics from Gateshead ”  In September it was reported that Lineker is negotiating a voluntary pay cut with the BBC  It comes amid an ongoing row over the BBC scrapping free TV licences for pensioners despite paying its stars enormous salaries  The corporation sparked a furious backlash earlier this year when it announced it would be axing free TV licences for the over-75s from 2020  In 2015, the BBC agreed to fund free TV licences for older people following negotiations with then chancellor George Osborne Trending  But this year the BBC announced it would scrap free TV licences for over-75s  Only low-income households in receipt of pension credits will be able to receive the benefit  The move will leave around 3.7 million elderly people facing a £154.50 annual bill for a tv licence from 2020  The broadcaster claimed that if it did not axe free coverage for pensioners it would have been forced to close television channels and radio stations, such as BBC4 and BBC Radio 5Live

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