PM News headlines Facebook Twitter Google Tumblr Pinterest Blogger Reddit VKontakt Print Email “Oh do stop preening you ridiculous man” thunders Jeremy Paxman in jokey set-to with Robert Peston Carousel Navigation 1 Related Eddie Mair revisits the year's best bits that you may have missed The PM presenter reflects on dinner with Putin and Bob Geldof's lesser known appeal to save Michael Buerk Eddie Mair on Scottish independence: I’m a Don’t Know “Don’t Knows – a rarer sight than Susanna Reid in trousers” Forget Buckingham Palace, visit the BBC “Marvel at Britain’s finest broadcasters with faces for radio,” says Eddie Mair Eddie Mair: The longest day is tinged with sadness "Call us unnecessarily pessimistic. Just don’t call us after 10.30pm on the 21st. We’ll be out, savouring the fading of the light" Eddie Mair: Can you guess which app is real? First Tracks, Tempo Treadmill, Baby Face, Tipsy Translater or Stool Pigeon...? Eddie Mair: Weather presenters are sickeningly good broadcasters Plus an urgent update on Eddie's attempt to emulate the great Mary Berry Eddie Mair: Mary Berry looks like the happiest person alive Preparing pastry has never made me anything other than grumpy, yet for Mary it looks to be the secret of eternal happiness. Eddie Mair: We are taking PM to the Proms "That’s how things sometimes work on the radio. One item about strange sounds. Some listeners chip in. And now there could be singing gibbons at the Proms" Eddie Mair: I'd choose senior discount over eternal youth "I realise I have greying, almost non-existent hair and a face that’s been lived in by squatters, but did I look over 55?" Eddie Mair: My blind date with Tony Benn The Any Questions? regular was always prepared - even when it came to his spectacles Eddie Mair takes on... the beeping fire alarm The radio DJ has had a lot of sleepless nights and here's why... Eddie Mair shares a Mel Brooks anecdote Mel Brooks takes on a TV exec... and wins Eddie Mair: the art of the Out of Office email “Sorry, I am dead. I can be contacted either in heaven (just the phone number – there are no faxes in heaven) or hell (just the fax number).” Eddie Mair: I meet, therefore I am (in a meeting) Inside the Beeb - an exciting electronic room-booking system is now in place Eddie Mair: My handy guide to a new national radio network “Don’t ask me to explain what digital radio multiplexes are. You might as well ask me to explain Mornington Crescent, or gravity” Eddie Mair: Be grateful for our wet winters "I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a chill, with the possible exception of the time I told Martha Kearney I’d killed a bee" Eddie Mair on reviewing a funeral service "I did wonder whether crematorium complaints would be extraordinarily picky" Eddie Mair: How I got hooked on The Archers "If you’d said to me three years ago that I’d be a regular listener to The Archers, I would have told you I’d rather slam the car door on my fingers" Eddie Mair: Why are we all glued to our mobiles? "It’s provocative action, to wilfully put your own desperate need to walk ‘n’ text ahead of everyone else. Are they really so busy they can’t stop for a second?" Eddie Mair: why I'm changing my name “It all started when I switched mobile company…” Eddie Mair and the on air mistakes that invariably sometimes happen “My ability to disconnect my brain from my mouth can be heard nightly,” says Mair Eddie Mair on taking PM on the road "We think we're a shoo-in for next year's radio awards: Best Live Coverage of Leaves Falling in a News Programme," says the radio broadcaster Eddie Mair: Extraneous noises on the radio make me cross Warning: This column contains background noise Eddie Mair: I’m slightly ashamed to say I watched a man die on television I wish I’d never searched for Tommy Cooper online admits Mair Eddie Mair: My technology hell James Burke’s vision of 2053 has one fatal flaw, says Eddie Mair Eddie Mair: I'm too selfish and lazy to do charity work - except maybe this once "My predecessor was Sandi Toksvig, who asked me nicely one day if I’d take over from her... I don’t think I’ve ever been more frightened in my life" Eddie Mair shares the Government secrets they really don't want us to know It's time, says Eddie, to blow the whistle on this lot... Eddie Mair and the mystery of the disappearing turtle The PM host is shell-shocked by his turtle recall Look no further for a summer holiday treat, says Eddie Mair "Last summer I recommended to you the joys of the audiobook. Well, this summer I have something new for your listening pleasure..." Why Eddie Mair won’t return to Scotland – or wear a panda suit (again) “I realise I’m standing still in an area most Londoners avoid or step through briskly. I’ve also just realised I appear to consider myself a Londoner” Eddie Mair: Why I hid Terry the swearing turtle from the Queen "It isn’t possible to give you a flavour of the filth that can pour from Terry’s shocked face, but if I tell you that one of the mildest phrases is “poopy pants”, you’ll have some idea" Eddie Mair’s ten minutes with Beyoncé and Salma Hayek “The interview would have to start at 5pm on the dot and finish at 5:10, or people would die – or at least that’s the impression I got” Eddie Mair: My path towards death is becoming blurry "As you’ll know yourself if you’re a varifocal person, you should never look at your feet when going downstairs... Certainly never wear varifocals, get drunk and look at your feet going downstairs" Eddie Mair: I'm being watched by the bosses at the Beeb "Presenting the first PM from New Broadcasting House, I looked up from my tear-stained desk to see a veritable Who’s That of BBC execs" Eddie Mair: never mind Boris Johnson - what about my bald spot? The PM presenter laments all the attention his recent TV spat with the Mayor of London has focused on his balding pate Eddie Mair: I'm not gunning for top BBC jobs Radio Times columnist says he won't be trying to capitalise on his Boris Johnson interview Eddie Mair: I'm lost in a memory minefield "I could picture her. I could tell you a list of her films. But I could no more recall her name than eat a dingo. Panic" Eddie Mair: my gigantinormous Romanian discovery "It's as though they made a huge building then put another huge building on top of it. It's construction on steroids" Eddie Mair on the biggest BBC scandal since the last one "How would you appear to the world if the content of your work email inbox were released for everyone to read?" Eddie Mair: I reaped the perks of standing in for Andrew Marr "The Marr team have a well-lit corner office with views up the tree-lined streets of Regent's Park. There are bookshelves. It is paradise" Eddie Mair: is 330 seconds of David Cameron too much? "Recently when the Prime Minister made a Commons statement about the Algerian hostage crisis, we took the rather unusual decision to broadcast all of it" Eddie Mair: how bankers turned me purple "My personal experience of banks was just fine until I tried to get my hands on my savings. That made me want to throw a pie in someone's face" Eddie Mair: negotiating a new office, part 2 - toilets and bins "There are no longer bins by everyone's desks - Newsnight had secured a secret bin, but generally there was tut-tutting about this new affront to humanity" Eddie Mair: my first day at BBC's New Broadcasting House "On this day my priorities were: 1) learning how to adjust the chair that was shoving me forward like a pushy mum; 2) learning how to get the wi-fi to work; and 3) finding out how to open the drawer under my desk." Eddie Mair: my mission to be the new Alistair Cooke "This week’s column will be mainly about Manhattan and you can be sure I have the wit, warmth and intelligence to match Mr Cooke in a column that will sparkle with his trademark wisdom and erudition" Eddie Mair: the day I lost my New Broadcasting House cherry "I have consummated broadcasting with the throbbing hub of the BBC. I penetrated the basement and gave it my all in front of anyone who wanted to watch" Eddie Mair: how I blagged my way to the hottest tickets in town "You can talk to four million people on PM… but boy, if you should be able to attend a performance of Strictly Come Dancing, suddenly you're interesting" Eddie Mair: the BBC apologises for its latest blunder... "Rest assured I have asked Ken MacQuarrie from BBC What Remains of Scotland to have a report on the pile of ash that was my desk by Monday morning" Eddie Mair explains why Danny Baker's BBC rant was unmissable radio "Who among us hasn’t thought about winning the lottery and then going in to work to settle a few scores with our bosses? Was Danny speaking for all of us?" Eddie Mair: "I literally can't go to the toilet without passing Richard Arnold" "The only signs of life and colour remaining in the tumbleweed-ridden corridors of Television Centre are the posters advertising Strictly Come Dancing"