Navratilova paid 10 times less than McEnroe for Wimbledon

Martina Navratilova is paid just 10 per cent of the amount handed to fellow BBC Wimbledon pundit John McEnroe she has revealed

"It was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least £150,000 (about $210,000)". And Navratilova, who also offers analysis over the course of the two-week Wimbledon championships, said in a preview for a BBC Panorama investigative documentary that "he's getting at least 10 times as much money than I am".

When told that the BBC may use McEnroe's greater hours as a defense, Navratilova said the disparity still didn't add up.

"I mean, it's shocking".

Admitting she was "not happy" with the situation, Navratilova said: "The bottom line is that male voices are valued more than women's voices".

The series is part of Panorama: Britain's Equal Pay Scandal, and Navratilova's interview airs in the United Kingdom tonight.

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BBC Sport told Panorama that the pay gap was not down to gender and said in a statement that McEnroe's role is "of a different scale, scope and time commitment".

The BBC defended the apparent discrepancy in a statement emailed to media outlets, characterizing Navratilova as an "occasional contributor" and saying her workload is "simply not comparable" to McEnroe's.

Quoted by The Guardian, a BBC Sport spokeswoman said that McEnroe's pay reflects his standing as a tennis pundit and that gender "isn't a factor".

The Telegraph reports that Navratilova made about 10 appearances for BBC at Wimbledon in 2017, whereas McEnroe contributed about 30 different times.

"Along with Sue Barker, John is regarded as the face of our Wimbledon coverage", a representative said.

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Navratilova added that her agent will ask for more money going forward. In January, BBC News senior editor Carrie Gracie quit her job to protest what she saw as systemic pay inequality at the company.

The BBC continues to double fault on equal pay. McEnroe, a three-time Wimbledon victor, is rumored to have received between £150,000 and £200,000. "I don't think so".

She had just left the BBC after 20 years when the pay list was published last summer.

"Our contract with John is entirely different".

Meanwhile, Miss Navratilova did three live commentaries, four highlights appearances, one video and two studio appearances. Now, Navratilova is furious with the United Kingdom broadcasting corporation after finding out she made 10 times less than McEnroe for her work. "He is a defining voice within the BBC's coverage", the BBC spokesperson said. 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.

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