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Today: Saturday 17 January 2009

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The BBC's Christian Fraser is the first British journalist to get into Gaza independently since the conflict began. Israel is continuing to deny international journalists unsupervised or independent access to Gaza - despite a ruling by the Israeli supreme court. He explains what he has seen since he crossed the border.

Are executive pay increases in the public sector justified? Over the last four years, local council chief executives have seen their basic pay go up by 34%, figures from the Audit Commission show. John Ransford, of the Local Government Association, discusses why pay increases are 18% higher than in the private sector.

Today's papers.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is to begin his comeback at the Tour Down Under in Australia. Correspondent Nick Bryant reports on the cyclist's chances to return with a victory, which Mr Armstrong describes as "unrealistic".

More than 100 galleries are taking part in the London Art Fair, which is to end on Sunday. Correspondent Jack Izzard examines if the economic climate means that the price of art will fall after six years of sustained growth.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

Israeli ministers will vote on a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza amid signs of diplomatic movement, but fighting goes on. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen considers if a sustainable end to the conflict is in sight.

One of Sri Lanka's best known journalists - Lasantha Wickramatunga - was murdered as he drove to work by two gunmen on a motorcycle. A few days after his death, the Sunday Leader printed his final article, in which he predicted his own death, hinted at his killer's identity and accused the government of systematic brutality against Tamil citizens. Actor Bill Nighy reads an abridged version of Mr Wickramatunga's final article.

Today's papers.

The UK's nuclear deterrent should be scrapped, according to a group of retired senior military officers. Former defence minister Peter Kilfoyle and former Navy officer Lewis Page discuss if "nuclear weapons have shown themselves to be completely useless as a deterrent".

Thought for the day with the Reverend Bob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.

Tyneside housebuilding firm Bellway is to review its policy on director pay after shareholders voted against big bonuses for three top bosses. Miles Templeman, of the Institute of Directors, and analyst Abigail Herron, of the Cooperative Asset Management - which is a shareholder in Bellway, discuss why the bonuses will still be paid.

What is the future of public service broadcasting? With the licence fee coming under more and more scrutiny, Channel 4 has called for a "top-slicing" of the fee to give better funding for other public service organisations. Chief executive of Channel 4 Andy Duncan and Steve Hewlett, who presents BBC Radio 4's Media Show, discuss if a merger with BBC Worldwide or Channel 5 are reasonable suggestions for Channel 4 to consider.

David Frost's interview with Richard Nixon in 1977 was something of an instant television legend. It attracted 45m viewers when it was broadcast - the largest audience for a news interview ever. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones talks to Sir David Frost and the man who plays him on screen in a new film adaptation of the movie - Michael Sheen.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

Shares in major UK banks have fallen sharply amid fears more financial institutions will need to be bailed out by the government. Business editor Robert Peston discusses why shares in Barclays Bank have lost 45% of their value in a week.

What is the humanitarian situation like in Gaza? Royal Navy surgeon Harald Veen, who has spent the past week helping at the Shifa hospital in Gaza, discusses his experiences treating the wounded at the hospital.

Today's papers.

Divers in New York are searching for both engines of an airliner which crashed in the Hudson River, without any fatalities. Survivor of a plane crash in 1995 Mercedes Ramirez Johnson - one of only four of the 160 on board to survive - explains what she remembers.

When Barack Obama is sworn in as the first black president of the US it will be a moment of immense pride for many African Americans. Correspondent Kevin Connolly discovers why this will have a special resonance in Washington DC itself by asking three African Americans who have lived and worked there to reflect on the past and look into the future.

Celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of Cambridge University are to begin. Historian Dr David Starkey, who was an undergraduate at the university, and Jim Al-Khalili, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Surrey, discuss the impact the institution has made on the world.


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