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Navratilova will be a Wimbledon pundit despite gender pay row

 

By Chiara Giordano

Tennis star Martina Navratilova has announced she will be working at Wimbledon this year several months after hitting out at the BBC over gender pay.

The 61-year-old said in a tweet that she was "very happy" to reveal the news and that it was "good to see the BBC taking gender pay equality seriously".

Navratilova previously spoke of her shock at discovering fellow Wimbledon pundit John McEnroe was paid at least 10 times more than her after the BBC published a list of its top-paid presenters last summer.

The tennis legend, who was crowned Wimbledon ladies' champion nine times, told Panorama in March that she was paid about £15,000 by the BBC for her commentator role at Wimbledon, while McEnroe earned at least £150,000.

"It was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least £150,000," she said. "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.

"[I'm] not happy... It's shocking... It's still the good old boys network... The bottom line is that male voices are valued more than women's voices."

At the time, the BBC said the roles performed by McEnroe and Navratilova were "simply not comparable".

"John and Martina perform different roles in the team, and John's role is of a different scale, scope and time commitment," said the broadcaster. "John's pay reflects all of this - gender isn't a factor."

It is not clear whether Navratilova's pay has now been increased, or what her earnings will be this year.

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