GARY LINEKER is set for a new £1.35million-a-year contract extension with the BBC.
The 62-year-old has been hosting Match of the Day since 1999 and is the Beeb’s top-paid presenter.
BBCGary Lineker has been presenting Match of the Day since 1999[/caption]
Lineker’s contract is set to expire at the end of next season – at the same time as the BBC‘s current Premier League highlights rights package.
The experienced broadcaster is their top-paid presenter on £1.35m-a-year but did take a pay cut from £1.75m in 2020.
Earlier this year he was suspended for a week by the BBC for his social media activity.
Lineker criticised the Government’s stance on asylum policy, claiming their language used was “not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the 30s”.
Amid his suspension many of Lineker’s BBC colleagues opted to go on strike in support.
The strike saw a bizarre 20-minute Match of the Day aired, with no presenter, pundits or commentators.
Lineker was later reinstated to his role.
And an independent panel later decided that the BBC’s non-news presenters shouldn’t face punishment for expressing political opinions online.
From next season the BBC will begin broadcasting mid-week Champions League highlights.
In a recent interview with GQ, Lineker revealed that his BBC future depended on them winning the rights to show Prem highlights.
He appeared keen to carry on in the role, adding: “The Premier League have been very clever, making sure that there is a show on terrestrial television to maintain interest in the sport.
“As still over half the public don’t have Sky or TNT. So hopefully that will continue.”
SplashLineker, 62, could extend his current deal with the BBC[/caption]