Saturday 21 April 2018

Navratilova angry as McEnroe earns '10 times more'

Martina Navratilova. Photo: PA
Martina Navratilova. Photo: PA
John McEnroe

Sherna Noah

Tennis great Martina Navratilova has hit out at the BBC after finding that fellow Wimbledon pundit John McEnroe is paid at least 10 times more than her.

McEnroe's pay packet, of £150,000 to £199,999, was revealed in a list of the BBC's top-paid talent last summer.

Navratilova (61) told 'Panorama' she is paid around £15,000 (€17,000) for her commentator role at Wimbledon with the BBC.

"It was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least £150,000... I get about £15,000 for Wimbledon and unless John McEnroe's doing a whole bunch of stuff outside of Wimbledon he's getting at least 10 times as much money," she said.

Navratilova said that she was told she was getting paid a comparable amount to men doing the same job as her, adding: "We were not told the truth, that's for sure. (I'm) not happy... It's shocking... It's still the good old boys' network... The bottom line is that male voices are valued more than women's voices."

Navratilova, who was crowned Wimbledon ladies' champion nine times, said her agent would ask for more money in future.

BBC Sport told 'Panorama' that "John and Martina perform different roles in the team, and John's role is of a different scale, scope and time commitment," adding: "They are simply not comparable. John's pay reflects all of this, gender isn't a factor."

'Panorama' said it estimated that McEnroe (59), who was crowned Wimbledon champion three times, appeared around 30 times for the BBC at Wimbledon last year, compared to Navratilova's 10 appearances.

And former BBC news presenter Maxine Mawhinney said she was considering bringing a case against the broadcaster over pay. She had just left the BBC after 20 years when the pay list was published last summer.

She told 'Panorama': "I do know that I have sat beside men on TV doing the same job, probably (with) the same experience or I might have been even more experienced, and I know they were earning more."

Irish Independent

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