Gary Lineker may be set for new BBC role as plan drawn up

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Gary Lineker may present Champions League highlights when they come to the BBC

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 18/11/2023

- 08:56

The 62-year-old has been working on Match of the Day ever since 1999

Gary Lineker could be set for a new role at the BBC, according to reports.

The 62-year-old is the broadcaster's best-paid star, with the former footballer earning a massive £1.35million-a-year.

Lineker was suspended by the BBC earlier this year after comparing the current Conservative government to 1930s Germany.

That sparked a backlash yet he was able to resume his role on Match of the Day after pundits and football stars lent their support.

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According to the Daily Mail, the BBC are set to open talks with Lineker over a new contract.

His current deal is due to expire in 2025, while he's been presenter of Match of the Day ever since 1999.

And it's also claimed that, with the BBC set to secure Champions League highlights, presenting that show 'may appeal' to Lineker.

The former England, Tottenham and Leicester star previously worked for TNT Sports on Champions League nights, when they were known as BT Sport.

The BBC won the rights to show Champions League highlights in June last year.

A report read: "The men's Champions League is to be broadcast on BBC TV for the first time from the 2024-25 season.

"Highlights will be shown from 22:00 on the Wednesday of match weeks on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app, with clips for online and social media also available.

"The three-year deal includes the final, with highlights rights to be confirmed.

"It complements the existing BBC Radio 5 live commentary rights for European football's premier club competition.:"

BBC Director of Sport Barbara Slater, who confirmed her retirement in September, added: "We are simply thrilled to have won these rights.

"Our reach and ability to bring people together is unrivalled and we couldn't be more delighted that Uefa has recognised the value in our ability to bring the Uefa Champions League to the widest possible audience across the UK.

"This package of highlights and digital content will allow football fans to follow the Uefa Champions League, wherever and however they like.

"The Uefa Champions League is a wonderful addition to our portfolio of football output on the BBC and we can't wait to get started in 2024."

In July, it was confirmed Lineker was the BBC's biggest earner.

Zoe Ball is second on the list, with the 52-year-old pocketing £984,999 each year.

Alan Shearer and Huw Edwards made the list of highest paid presenters, taking home £449,999 and £439,999 respectively.

Stephen Nolan was next up on £404,999, with Fiona Bruce in sixth on a salary of £399,999.


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Gary Lineker has been presenting the BBC's Match of the Day show ever since 1999


Greg James, Ken Bruce, Lauren Laverne and Sophie Raworth also make up the top 10.

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