Stung by the pay discrepancy between her and John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova says the good old boys' network at the BBC is alive and well.
Stung by the pay discrepancy between her and John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova says the good old boys' network at the BBC is alive and well. FIONA HAMILTON

BBC pay for McEnroe dwarfs Martina's

TENNIS legend Martina Navratilova has hit out at the BBC after discovering fellow Wimbledon television pundit John McEnroe is paid at least 10 times more than her.

McEnroe's pay packet of 150,000 to 199,999 pounds ($A270,000-$361,000) was revealed in a list of the BBC's top-paid talent last summer.

Navratilova, 61, told Panorama she was paid around $A27,000 by the BBC for her commentator role at Wimbledon.

"It was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least 150,000 pounds ... I get about 15,000 pounds 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 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 "John and Martina perform different roles in the team, and John's role is of a different scale, scope and time commitment.

"They are simply not comparable. John's pay reflects all of this. Gender isn't a factor.”

Panorama said it estimated 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.

PA



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