Long-time pundit Alan Hansen is collecting £50,000 for every Match of the Day episode he features on this season. This, despite taking a £500,000 wage cut in 2012.
Britain's most-watched football programme has been trying out new faces in the studio, with the likes of Danny Mills, Thierry Henry and Michael Owen all used.
Hansen is in the last season of his £1m-a-year contract, after announcing he is to retire in the summer, following the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
A BBC Spokesman said on his rare appearances: "Alan has appeared on the majority of weekends this season and will continue to do so in the New Year. It has worked well.
"We have actively tried to increase the range of our studio analysts as we look at building for the 2014-15 season and Alan will continue to play a major role.’
The 58-year-old has been been involved in many incidents over the years on our screens, most notably his "You can't win anything with kids" claim about Manchester United, who went on to win the double that season.
He was also was part of controversy when he described a multi-ethnic as "coloured", which caused uproar among many, who tag the particular word as old-fashioned. The Scot was forced to apologise at the time.
The big question, though, is how someone who contributes so little towards a show on every week is earning so much. Even during the show, pundits get a very limited time to air their analysis, so viewers aren't particularly learning anything.
This is in stark contrast to Sky Sports, who allow the pundits such as Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville to elaborate on why something was wrong (in defending perhaps) and what they should do to improve, rather than the casual Hansen, who just describes what happens.
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