Navratilova paid 10 times less than McEnroe for Wimbledon

Martina Navratilova and John Mc Enroe both cover Wimbledon

Martina Navratilova and John Mc Enroe both cover WimbledonSEBASTIAN NOGIER EPA ROBIN MARCHANT GETTY

In an interview with the BBC One program Panorama, which airs in full on Monday at 7:30 P.M.in the United Kingdom, former tennis champion and commentator Martina Navratilova said that the BBC pays her £15,000 to her fellow Wimbledon commentator John McEnroe's (roughly) £150,000.

Navratilova said she was paid around £15,000 by the BBC for her role as a commentator at Wimbledon, where she was crowned ladies' champion nine times during her tennis career.

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

"I'm not happy, it's shocking, it's still the good old boys' network".

'John and Martina perform different roles in the team, and John's role is of a different scale, scope and time commitment, ' they said.

"Along with Sue Barker, John is regarded as the face of our Wimbledon coverage", a representative said.

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Panorama's review of BBC's Wimbledon coverage in 2017 found that McEnroe made about three times as many appearances as Navratilova.

The BBC added that McEnroe is "widely considered to be the best expert/commentator in the sport, highly valued by our audiences".

British companies are under heightened scrutiny over their pay structures and the BBC has faced criticism from women complaining they are paid less than men in equivalent jobs and misled about their pay to hide widespread gender discrimination.

Panorama estimated USA player McEnroe made about three times as many Wimbledon appearances as Navratilova resulting in the difference in pay.

Now Miss Navratilova, 61, has said she was paid around £15,000 for a similar role, despite being assured by the BBC she was paid an amount "comparable" to that of male colleagues. "I don't think so", she said. Going by, say, the number of England caps each received, we should either be upping Shearer to £1.4m or so, or asking Lineker to cut his wage down to a more modest £550,000.

The BBC responded to Navratilova's comments by saying that, as an "occasional contributor", she appears on fewer broadcasts and is on a different type of contract than McEnroe.

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Carrie Gracie was on £135,000 a year as an worldwide editor and since quitting her China role has been working for the BBC in London.

The BBC continues to double fault on equal pay.

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

Previous year a gender pay row "erupted" at the BBC when a list of its highest earners was published.

Explaining the discrepancy, BBC Sport told Panorama that it was not down to gender. "Gender isn't a factor".

This is not BBC's first issue with unequal pay for men and women.

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