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Tuesday 11 January 2011 at 10.30pm on BBC 2
Presented by Emily Maitlis

I wonder how many BBC executives have been pinged e-mails by their female presenters and reporters this afternoon with the immortal words "Ha! Can't sack me now!" Of course, they still can. But from today it may become harder to do so for reasons of age or looks.

I'm imagining presenters everywhere punching the air with relief at the victory Miriam O'Reilly has secured against her former employer. And I'm imagining TV producers everywhere scratching their heads and wondering where this leaves their right to chose whom to hire for a programme they control. Tonight we ask whether the landmark case has the potential to end what has been deemed a vastly outdated - and unfair practice - or whether it will fundamentally change editorial independence and the way television is run.

Before that though, Bob Diamond appeared before the Treasury Select Committee today in order not to tell them whether he had accepted an £8m bonus this year from Barclays.
He made the point - rather skilfully - that banks have failed to explain to people how their remuneration structure works and that is why it is sometimes deemed unfair. So in the interests of clarity we're inviting those from the city to explain the process - and politicians to tell us whether they've now lost their appetite for the battle of the bonus.

Michael Crick will be in Oldham East and Saddleworth - ahead of the first by-election since the coalition was formed and since the Lib Dems saw their poll numbers sink so dramatically in the face of the tuition fees vote.

And Steve Smith gets to meet Gilbert and George. Or should I say Gilbert and George get to meet Steve Smith.

Do join me - 1030pm BBC Two


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