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Gary Lineker becomes the only on-air BBC talent to earn more than £1million

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Gary Lineker is the BBC’s highest-earning on-air talent for the fifth consecutive year and the only name to earn over £1million a year, new figures show.

The 61-year-old pundit and former footballer was paid between £1,350,000 and £1,354,999 for works including Match Of The Day and Sports Personality Of The Year in 2021/2022 – a £10,000 reduction from last year.

Lineker first topped the list for 2017/18 with a salary range of £1,750,000 to £1,759,999 and in 2020 it was announced he had taken a voluntary pay cut.

Zoe Ball remains the channel’s second-highest-paid talent with a salary of £980,000-984,999, but figures show her salary has fallen for the second straight year.

Her salary has now dropped to under £1million, reflecting around 210 editions of The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Radio 2.

Alan Shearer has posted an annual increase of £60,000, taking his salary to between £450,000 and £454,999, putting him in third place along with Steve Wright, whose salary reflects a £15,000 drop this year.

The company’s 2021/22 annual report, also celebrating its centenary, shows that four of the top 10 highest-paid names have seen their salaries fall.

The only newcomer to the top 10 is Greg James, whose salary has increased by £80,000.

The 36-year-old earns between £390,000 and £394,999 for his work, which includes Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Rewinder on Radio 4, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Out Out! Live, also featuring Sports Personality of the Year.

There are fewer women in this year’s top 10 than last year, down from four to three.

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