Mair in 2009
12 November 1965 |
|Occupation||Journalist, presenter, political commentator|
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Eddie Mair (born 12 November 1965 in Dundee) is a Scottish broadcaster who presents on national BBC radio and television. He hosts BBC Radio 4's daily news magazine PM, the Radio 4 Saturday iPM, and NewsPod. He is an occasional presenter of Newsnight and Any Questions. He became a stand-in presenter for the Andrew Marr Show following Marr's stroke. He was also the original host of the BBC Two programme Time Commanders.
Eddie Mair was born in Dundee. His father was a lorry driver and his mother was a nurse. His amateur broadcasting career is reported to have started by using the public address system in the school playground. His professional career began after rejecting a university place in order to present on Radio Tay, a local Dundee station.
He joined the BBC in 1987 as a sub-editor for Radio Scotland. He moved on to present Good Morning Scotland and Reporting Scotland, then Eddie Mair Live in the drive-time slot for Radio Scotland. In 1993 he hosted Breakaway, the weekly 'travel and leisure' programme on BBC Radio 4. He then joined Radio Five Live when it began in 1994 presenting the Midday with Mair news show. From 1996 to 2000 he presented the BBC/PRI programme The World.
Mair was the host of the light-hearted weekly current affairs programme Broadcasting House from when it was launched in April 1998, until 2003, when he took over PM and the programme was handed to Fi Glover. On both programmes Mair developed his trademark style of mixing serious journalism with witty and satirical commentary; after reading out the weather forecast he would invariably encourage listeners with a jaunty "Do wrap up", whether the forecast was cold or warm. Since Nick Clarke died in 2006, Mair has substituted for Jonathan Dimbleby as the presenter of Any Questions. Standing in for Andrew Marr on his Sunday morning show on 24 March 2013, Mair interviewed London Mayor Boris Johnson, asking critical questions about past known misdeeds such as lying to a minister, and commenting: "...you're a nasty piece of work". Patrick Wintour in The Guardian commented that Johnson's "reputation" took "a severe pounding", while Dan Hodges in his Telegraph blog thought Mair's approach was a "disgrace". Johnson himself said that Mair had done a "splendid job".
On PM, Mair has a long-running on-air feud with Robert Peston, the BBC's Economics Editor. It is a matter of some speculation whether Mair and Peston genuinely feel some mutual antipathy; or whether it is a running joke. For Comic Relief in 2012 Peston co-hosted the PM programme with Mair.
In 2005 Mair won the News Journalist award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. He has also won a Sony Award for Speech Broadcaster of the Year, Best Breakfast Show and was nominated for two Sony awards for Midday with Mair on 5 Live. He was listed as the 5th most powerful person in British radio in a 2005 poll in the Radio Times, and 28th most influential LGBT person in The Independent on Sunday's Pink List 2013.
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- Nick Clarke "Up the injunction" (Nick Clarke's diary), The Guardian, 12 November 2003, p. 20
- Patrick Wintour "Boris Johnson caught in bicycle crash of an interview with Eddie Mair", The Guardian, 24 March 2013
- Dan Hodges "Boris Johnson's Eddie Mair interview: if Boris's private life is fair game, then so is everybody else's", telegraph.co.uk, 24 March 2013
- John Plunkett. "Boris Johnson's father: BBC interview was 'disgusting' journalism | Media". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- "BBC Radio 4 - PM - Eddie Mair". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- Owen Gibson (2005-05-10). "Indie DJ wins hat-trick at Sony awards | UK news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- "Entertainment | Ross 'is radio's most powerful'". BBC News. 2005-06-06. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- "On Sunday's Pink List 2013". The Independent. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
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- PM Radio 4 at BBC Online
- The PM Blog BBC Blogs
- iPM BBC iPM
- Eddie Mair's diary The Guardian, 12 June 2002