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Mr Lynam has spent more than three decades at the BBC hosting a number of sports programmes, including Match of the Day and Grandstand. In 1999, he moved to ITV after receiving a “financial offer I couldn’t refuse”.
Lynam said the BBC had offered to increase his salary, but he was morally unable to agree.
The broadcaster told the Daily Telegraph: “The BBC has offered to collect my money if I stay, but my conscience is bad from charging all these old ladies a license fee and funding my very high salary.
“ITV didn’t bother me because it was a business model.”
During his time at ITV, Mr. Lynam presented highlights of the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League matches and Euro 2004 football competition.
De Lynam admitted that the BBC offered him a ‘ridiculously high salary’ (Image: GETTY)
The BBC is funded by royalty payers (Image: GETTY)
Describing how he got the job, he commented: “Both the president of ITV and the president of ITV Sport came to my house and the president of sports was carrying a briefcase.
‘I said, ‘I hope it’s full of money,’ and he said, ‘It’s strange for you to say that. “
“It was an offer I couldn’t refuse, and I had some issues with the BBC at the time.”
The BBC is funded by a license fee, which must be paid by anyone wishing to watch live TV, including online, in the UK.
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De Lynn has spent more than three decades with the BBC (Image: GETTY)
BBC stars continue to receive hefty paychecks, with Match of the Day host Gary Lineker earning £1.75m in 2020, although he has since agreed to a 23% cut.
The government was considering decriminalizing royalty-free broadcasting, but that decision has been delayed until at least 2022.
It costs £157.50 per household per year for a color TV license or £53 for black and white only.
Those watching TV without a license can be fined up to £1,000 plus court costs.
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“It was an offer I couldn’t refuse and I had some annoyance with the BBC” (Image: GETTY)
Defund the BBC launched in 2020 (Image: GETTY)
People have already been jailed for not paying this fine, although none of them are currently in prison.
In exchange for funding from paying royalties, the BBC is supposed to produce content that is not politically biased.
However, critics argue that he fails to accurately present all opinions.
In 2020, the Defund the BBC campaign took off, accusing the company of “wasteful and biased”.
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He has already amassed over 100,000 followers on Twitter and 32,000 likes on Facebook.
Earlier this year, the BBC announced a major overhaul aimed at reducing the focus on London.
The BBC’s technology team will move to Glasgow, while the Climate and Science unit will move to Cardiff.
The decision to decriminalize non-payment of fees has been postponed until 2022 (Image: GETTY)
Newsnight’s flagship program will be shown on BBC Two from across the UK, rather than London, while Today’s program on Radio 4 outside the capital will be shown at least 100 times a year.
The BBC’s new managing director Tim Davy promised major reforms when he took over from Lord Tony Hall last year.
He argued that the changes would turn the BBC into a “real UK-wide organisation” that would “play our part in supporting social and economic recovery”.