MX23RW : Tuesday, September 22 14:53:30| >> :600:599976:599976:

Gary Lineker takes pay cut, signs new five-year deal with BBC

Gary Lineker takes pay cut, signs new five-year deal with BBC
© BBC
Gary Lineker takes a 23% pay cut in order to sign a new five-year deal with the BBC.

Gary Lineker has agreed to a 23% pay cut in order to sign a new five-year deal with the BBC.

The news comes as the corporation looks to make significant savings in the years ahead and will see Lineker's annual salary drop from £1.75 million to £1.36 million.

The 59-year-old will continue as host of Match of the Day, the BBC's FA Cup coverage, the Sports Personality of the Year Awards and coverage of other major sporting events until at least 2025.

"I love working with the BBC, and am very proud to continue to be a part of their outstanding football team," said Lineker, who has been with the BBC for 25 years.

"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."

Philip Bernie, the BBC's head of TV sport, said: "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."

As well as his work for the BBC, Lineker also is also on the books of BT Sport as host of their European football coverage.

ID:414393:

Follow us on Twitter @SMEntsFeed and like us on Facebook for the latest entertainment news alerts.


Click here for more stories about Gary Lineker

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany in action for Belgium on August 14, 2013.
Read Next:
Kompany named BBC pundit for Euro 2016
>
Latest Entertainment Video

rhs 2.0
New TV Picks header

Tuesday, September 22


The Great British Bake Off: Channel 4, 8pm
Matt Lucas joins as co-host as a new band of budding bakers enter the tent

Danny Dyer On Harold Pinter: Sky Arts, 9pm
A description of this show is unnecessary

The Write-Offs: Channel 4, 9.30pm
Sandi Toksvig hosts as eight adults aim to improve their literacy levels
Media Mole's Spotify playlist