GARY Lineker has agreed to a massive cut to his eye-watering £1.75m BBC salary.
The Match Of The Day host – the Beeb’s highest paid presenter – took the hit in the fallout of a major row over the axing of free TV licences for over-75s.
Footie legend Lineker, 58, insisted he had “volunteered” to get less money in talks with Corporation bosses.
According to the Daily Mirror, he said: “I love my job at the BBC and I enjoy doing it.
“I’m currently negotiating a new contract with them and I’m volunteering to take less.”
The former England and Spurs striker told a friend: “It’s the right thing to do.”
The move comes just weeks after we told how the ex-footie ace sparked a Twitter storm by suggesting he “must be due a pay rise”.
I’m currently negotiating a new contract with them and I’m volunteering to take less
He was slammed by social media users, who pointed out that his wages could cover the cost of the TV licence for thousands of pensioners.
Lineker earns 13 times more than ex-Match of the Day host Jimmy Hill but has a fraction of his audience.
Hill regularly attracted 12million viewers but was paid only £50,000 — around £130,000 in today’s money.
Lineker, whose BBC package is £1.75million, was watched by just 3.36million on one Saturday night last season.
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Gary, 58, is the BBC’s top-paid star. He hosted Match of the Day 34 times last season, 47 hours in total.
He also presented 11 FA Cup live and highlights shows, lasting 26 hours 45 minutes.
The BBC has come under fire for paying presenters and execs huge salaries while taking free licences away from pensioners.
We revealed how the Corporation had frittered away £745m – the same sum it says it needs to keep the cherished perk.
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