Following the revelation of how much John McEnroe was paid for his role as a commentator on the BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon, Martina Navratilova said she was “shocked” to learn that he earned at least 10 times as much as she was paid for a similar job on the telecast.
“Navratilova, who was crowned Wimbledon champion nine times, has told the BBC’s Panorama series she was paid about $21,000 (£15,000) for her role as commentator and pundit at the UK tournament while McEnroe earned between $210,000 (£150,000) and $280,000 (£199,999),” Deadline reports. “McEnroe’s remuneration was revealed in a list of the BBC’s top earners last summer.”
Navratilova is quoted saying on the program: “It was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least £150,000 … I get about £15,000 for Wimbledon and unless John McEnroe’s doing a whole bunch of stuff outside of Wimbledon he’s getting at least 10 times as much money. … It’s shocking this happens, but for me it’s a part-time job — two weeks of my life. For women that work full time, maybe the discrepancy isn’t so large, but it adds up over a lifetime.”
Deadline adds: “The embarrassing news comes as fellow UK broadcaster Channel4 today revealed that it has a startling 28.6% mean pay gap and 47.6% mean bonus gap between genders, a statistic the broadcaster’s chief executive Alex Mahon said made for ‘uncomfortable reading.’ The revelation was made in a pay report by the broadcaster and comes less than a week after media company ITN, which makes news programmes for UK broadcasters ITV, Channel4 and Channel5, revealed it has a pay gap of 19.6%.”