Gary Lineker still top BBC earner as Match of the Day host and Alan Shearer wages set out

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Gary Lineker remains the top earner on the BBC payroll after his and fellow Match of the Day stars' salaries were published in the broadcaster's annual report.

Lineker agreed to take a 23 per cent pay cut on his previous £1.75million-per-year deal as he signed a new five-year contract last September to continue presenting the weekly Premier League highlights show.

But he is still paid the highest wage in the BBC ahead of Radio 2's Breakfast Show presenter Zoe Ball, who also took a substantial pay cut after offering to do so.

Lineker's reduced salary means he earns £1.36million a year, while Alan Shearer takes home £390,000 for his punditry roles.

Shearer and Lineker's salaries were published in the BBC's latest financial report
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Mark Chapman, who presents Match of the Day 2 and other sports coverage, saw a slight increase in his salary to the range of £250,000-£254,999, while regular pundit Jermaine Jenas earns £195,000-£199,999.

Gabby Logan, meanwhile, pockets between £165,000 and £169,000

The BBC's financial report also detailed the salaries of some of their cricket presenters and pundits. Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan earn between £175,000 and £179,000, while Isa Guha's salary is in the region of £150,000-£154,999.

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BBC director general Tim Davie, who earns £525,000 per year, is aiming to reduce the broadcaster's wage bill and said: "We want to get more value and are willing to make tough decisions to that extent."

Lineker, 60, has presented Match of the Day since 1999 and Davie previously justified his salary by highlighting "the value of analysis to the viewing audience" he brings.

"I watch Match Of The Day and I’m a religious fan of Match Of The Day, on intravenous drip on numerous commentaries, I also listen for outstanding analysis, proper curation of that," Davie told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee last year.

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"I honestly think people are tuning in for the debate on whether the handball was a handball, to talk of one (example) recently.

"All of that is important to the analysis. And by the way, that’s why our competitors pay their sports pundits multiples often of what we pay. So they obviously see the value."

Meanwhile, the former Leicester City and Everton striker announced his surprising decision to step away from hosting BT Sport's Champions League coverage at the end of last season.

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"I would like to thank BT Sport for the generous renewal offer, but after much thought, I have decided to call it a day," said Lineker.

"I feel it's time to do things that I've always promised myself I'd do: such as follow Leicester across Europe with my sons (how many opportunities will we have?)

"A big thank you to everyone at BT Sport, both in front of the camera and behind. You're one hell of a team. It's been a joy working with you. Well played."

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