Tennis Great Martina Navratilova Slams BBC Over Wimbledon Pay

Tennis Great Martina Navratilova Slams BBC Over Wimbledon Pay

TENNIS GREAT MARTINA Navratilova has claimed that John McEnroe gets paid at least 10 times more money than her for their respective contributions to BBC's Wimbledon coverage. McEnroe earns between 150,000-199,999 pounds ($210,000-280,000) for working at Wimbledon while Navratilova says she gets paid 15,000 pounds ($21,000).

Responding to the allegations, the BBC said McEnroe's contract is "entirely different" to Navratilova's and the two are not comparable.

McEnroe's earnings came to light a year ago when the BBC published a list of its highest-paid personalities, putting his pay between £150,000 and £199,999 ($210,560 to $280,740), HuffPost UK reported.

"We were not told the truth, that's for sure", she said.

"We were told, yes, I was getting a comparable amount".

BBC Sport seemingly stood by the pay disparity between the two stars, but insisted it had nothing to do with gender.

Panorama estimated that McEnroe, who won Wimbledon three times, appeared about 30 times for the BBC at the Championships past year, compared with Navratilova's 10 appearances.

She found out as much when BBC released their list of highest-earning personalities, which features the likes of Chris Evans and Graham Norton at the top of the heap. After China editor Carrie Gracie resigned in protest, six male presenters agreed to pay cuts.

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The BBC believes her pay reflects what she is asked to do, her time commitment, her level of broadcast experience, profile and track record and expertise.

"That doesn't mean, however, there won't be instances and cases where there is inequality and we need to address those".

"It's extremely unfair and it makes me very angry for the other women that go through this".

During the Panorama interview, Navratilova was asked whether McEnroe "does more hours", or if he's "on air longer".

'Along with Sue Barker, John is regarded as the face of our Wimbledon coverage'. "I don't think so". They are simply not comparable. Indeed, she won more Wimbledon titles (9) than he won Grand Slams (7).

The dispute adds to an ongoing and broader gender pay row at the publicly-funded broadcaster after the disclosure of the salaries of its biggest stars.

The BBC said: 'Martina is one of a number of occasional contributors who is contracted to carry out a fixed volume of work and paid per appearance. John is contracted to be on call for the BBC across the entire 13 days of the tournament, subject to a commitment with one United States broadcaster, and is on air every day.

It said McEnroe's pay reflected that he was considered the sport's best commentator and his contract stopped him working for another United Kingdom broadcaster without permission, adding: 'Gender isn't a factor'.

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