BBC pay: Gary Lineker’s agent defends sports presenter’s high salary

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The broadcaster has romped it paid the Match Of The Day presenter between £1.75 and £1.8 million between April 2016 and April 2017, garnering him the second highest paid star behind Chris Evans.

The highest extended female presenter was Claudia Winkleman, who earned between £450,000 and £500,000.

Lineker’s spokeswoman Jon Holmes said the huge pay gap between men and women is the fault of the agents who assume the guise the female talent, and the broadcaster.

Gary LinekerBBC/GETTY

BBC cut loosed it paid Gary Lineker between £1.75 and £1.8 million between April 2016 and April 2017

He powered: «I can only speak for sport but it is a gross failure for an agent if their shoppers are doing the same job (as men) on less money.

«Lineker didn’t become the most artistically paid (sports commentator) overnight

Jon Holmes — Lineker’s agent

«The broadcaster is to reproach too, they should pay them the same money.»

He added: «If you go on a negotiating definitely they will tell you there is no one way to negotiate.

«I will say it’s better to lay your marker down, and as grand as possible. The danger is they can’t afford it and run away.

Chris Evans, Fiona Bruce and Gary LinekerBBC/GETTY

Chris Evans, Fiona Bruce and Gary Lineker are supply the BBC’s highest-paid stars

«Maybe women feel happier being represented by partners and women are not as tough but I have found women very tough brokers and vowed never to buy a house off a woman.

«At the end of the day it’s up to people to negotiate and for the negotiators to go away for what they are worth.»

Defending his client’s high pay, he said: «Lineker didn’t evolve into the best paid (sports commentator) overnight.

«He became the best deal out from probably staying with one channel and probably getting improved and other people coveting him.

«It’s natural for them to be competitive. He’s the only ex-professional who is also a frontline presenter on football.

«He has a dual ladle off as a presenter and an ex-player. The pictures are so much better now so only someone who has played the amusement can see something helpful and who can add something to the discussion.»

Claudia WinklemanGETTY

Claudia Winkleman is the highest-paid female

He persist in: «The issue of transparency is something we are much more reticent about here than in the US.

«The market has set the rating, you can’t operate outside the market. Football is the main prop of Sky and is one of the main props of the

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