Miriam O'Reilly wins BBC age discrimination case

Wednesday January 12, 2011

Miriam O'Reilly, a former BBC presenter, has won an age discrimination case against the corporation after losing her position on a rural TV programme.

The 53-year-old took the BBC to a tribunal claiming she was unfairly dropped from Countryfile when it moved to a primetime Sunday slot because of her age.

She argued that she was one of four women to be axed, while its veteran male host John Craven, 68 at the time, kept his job.

The tribunal agreed, and upheld her claim for age discrimination and victimisation, but not sex discrimination.

At a press conference (pictured), Miriam said she was "delighted" with what she described as a "landmark decision".

The amount of compensation will be decided at another hearing in the coming weeks. But a figure of around £100,000 – including loss of earnings – is expected.

The BBC has said it accepts the findings of the tribunal and has apologised to Miriam, adding it would like to discuss working with her again.

Photo: © PA

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