MOTD's Hansen hit by huge pay-cut
Published 00:00 01/02/12 By Mark Jefferies
Top football pundit Alan Hansen has agreed a new BBC contract which will see him take a pay cut of up to £500,000-a-year.
Bosses have been criticised for overpaying the former Liverpool and Scotland defender, who earns £1.5million a year as a pundit on Match Of The Day and BBC TV's live games.
Up until now, the 56-year-old has been paid around £40,000 per episode, a rate that was sparked criticism from MPs and viewers.
In line with the tough economic times at the Beeb, producers are believed to have negotiated a cut of around 30 per cent.
Hansen is expected to sign the new contract within days.
A source close to the deal said Hansen had “voluntarily agreed to take a cut” and that the final details of the deal were now being thrashed out.
The insider added: “Alan is no different from other stars like Graham Norton and Bruce Forsyth who have had to stomach big cuts from their salary.
“He didn’t complain and is keen to stay on Match of the Day. Compared to most people in TV he is still on a very good deal so we expect him to sign up shortly.”
Hansen is the latest in a long line of BBC celebs agreeing to cuts of around 30%.
In October last year, Norton said: “Will I take a pay cut? Absolutely... there should be no special cases. The cutbacks at the BBC are across the board, which is how it should be.”
And Chris Moyles previously said: “I have taken a cut because they wanted me to take a cut, and hopefully that will help the BBC out a little bit.”
Luckily for Hansen, production has moved from London to the Beeb’s new Salford studios – much nearer his Merseyside home.
The source added: “The new deal is still a lot of money and now Match of the Day is filmed in Salford it is also very convenient for him as he can commute easily.”
Hansen, who has worked on Match of the Day since 1992, had to issue an apology in December after describing black players as “coloured” while discussing a race row in football.
On Tuesday night, the BBC declined to comment on his new deal, saying: “We never discuss talent pay or talent negotiation.”
Hansen's agent Diana Van Bunnens failed to return calls for her to comment on the negotiations.
It is believed Match of the Day stars Gary Lineker and Mark Lawrenson will also be asked to take cuts when their contracts are next renewed.