Martina Navratilova: John McEnroe Made Far More For Wimbledon Commentary

Tennis great Martina Navratilova

Tennis great Martina Navratilova

"But overall, it was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least 150,000 pounds".

In it, she said: "It was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least £150,000..."

Martina Navratilova says John McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam victor, was paid at least "10 times more" than she was for their Wimbledon commentating roles. But it's not as if Navratilova isn't a huge star in her own right.

The Tory MP said: 'There can be no excuse for Martina Navratilova being paid 10 per cent of what John McEnroe earns for broadcasting on the BBC during Wimbledon.

Panorama estimated that three-time Wimbledon champ McEnroe appeared about 30 times for the BBC at the competition a year ago, compared with Navratilova's 10 appearances.

The BBC has attempted to explain themselves, saying McEnroe's work was "a different scale, scope and time commitment".

Navratilova (61) told Panorama that she is paid around £15,000 by the BBC for her commentator role at Wimbledon. It's shocking this happens, but for me it's a part-time job - two weeks of my life. After all, since Wimbledon decided in 2007 that the men and women's championship should offer the same prize money - becoming the last major tournament to do so - we can say men and women's grand slam titles are more-or-less equally comparable. The bottom line is that male voices are valued more than women's voices'.

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

Since the BBC's gender pay gap was discovered, gender pay gap has become a (more) prominent topic of discourse.

The BBC said its contract with McEnroe is "entirely different" and that he is "regarded as the face of our Wimbledon coverage".

The embarrassing news comes as fellow United Kingdom broadcaster Channel4 today revealed that it has a startling 28.6% mean pay gap and 47.6% mean bonus gap between genders, a statistic the broadcaster's chief executive Alex Mahon said made for "uncomfortable reading". "But if this keeps up and people think this is a story in a couple of days, I'm sure at some point I'll have something to say about it".

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

It revealed how Radio 2's Chris Evans topped the list on more than £2m, while the highest paid woman was Claudia Winkleman on between £450,000 and £499,999.

When asked for comment, a representative for McEnroe referred CNN to the BBC. At Wimbledon 2017 her work amounted to three live match commentaries, four highlights appearances, one short video and two other short studio appearances. He is widely considered to be the best expert/commentator in the sport, highly valued by our audiences and his contract means he can not work for another United Kingdom broadcaster without our permission. This in turn resulted in 40 of its high-profile female presenters, like Clare Balding, Fiona Bruce and Emily Maitlis, to call for change in an open letter to director general, Tony Hall, asking him to "act now" and tackle the gender pay gap.

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

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