PM (Radio 4)
|Running time||Weekdays: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 5:30pm
|Home station||BBC Radio 4|
|Recording studio||BBC Television Centre (until Dec 2012)
Broadcasting House (Dec 2012 onwards)
|Air dates||since 6 April 1970|
|Opening theme||PM Theme|
PM, sometimes referred to as the PM programme to avoid ambiguity, is BBC Radio 4's long-running early evening news and current affairs programme.
It is broadcast from 5pm to 6pm from Monday to Friday and from 5pm to 5:30pm on Saturdays.
On weekdays PM is followed by another news programme, the Six O'Clock News, at the same time as the flagship television news programme BBC News at Six broadcasts on BBC One.
The weekday editions are usually presented by Eddie Mair, although Carolyn Quinn takes over when he deputises for Jonathan Dimbleby on Any Questions. Paddy O'Connell is also an occasional presenter. The Saturday edition has no fixed presenter, although Quinn and Ritula Shah present frequently.
PM launched on 6 April 1970, with its first presenters, William Hardcastle and Derek Cooper, promising a programme that "sums up the day, and your evening starts here". It made history for being the first radio news programme to feature its own theme tune. Three have been used, with the last ending in 1997 in the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana.
Notable presenters after William Hardcastle included Steve Race, Brian Widlake, Robert Williams, Chris Lowe, Joan Bakewell, Susannah Simons and Valerie Singleton (a former Blue Peter presenter — in pre-interview chats, junior ministers "inevitably" claimed that they still had their Blue Peter badge).
|1998–present||Eddie Mair||Main presenter|
|2000–present||Carolyn Quinn||Deputy presenter (Saturday)|
|?–present||Ritula Shah||Regular Saturday presenter|
|?–present||Paddy O'Connell||Occasional relief presenter|
- Steve Race (1970-1972)
- Brian Widlake (1970s/1980s)
- Valerie Singleton (1981-1992) 
- Hugh Sykes (1987-1993) 
- Chris Lowe (1992-?)
- Dan Damon (1996-2003)
- Clare English (1997-2003)
- Nigel Wrench (2003-2008)
In November 2005, the programme began producing a daily e-newsletter written by Mair. In August 2006, this was followed up with a blog - regular features include The Glass Box, for discussion of programme content; The Furrowed Brow, for discussion of other serious matters, and The Beach, the off-topic area.
On 12 October 2007, the programme started an additional blog for a spin-off programme called iPM, which was broadcast on Saturdays at 5:30pm (immediately after the Saturday edition of PM) until 22 December, and also made available as a podcast. iPM was a unique programme in that through the blog, listeners could discuss ideas with the production team and comment on the stories being lined up for the following show - so what ended up on air was shaped by the listeners.
In 2008 the programme renamed its financial news slot "Upshares, Downshares", introduced by the title music for Upstairs, Downstairs, composed by Alexander Faris. In 2009, variations on the tune performed by PM listeners in a variety of styles from bossa nova to heavy metal became a regular feature. This was ended when the UK statistically left recession early in 2010. In October 2010, a compilation was released in aid of the Children in Need charity appeal, for which it raised over £70,000.
PM is currently edited by Joanna Carr. The production team also works on Radio 4's The World at One, The World This Weekend and Broadcasting House. Though predominantly consisting of serious news content, the programme is known for occasional satirical commentary, both from the presenters and in letters from listeners.
- Today programme Radio 4's early morning stablemate to PM.
- The World At One Radio 4's afternoon stablemate to PM.
- The World Tonight, Radio 4's late evening stablemate to PM.
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- Singleton, Valerie (2008-06-28). "My holiday with Princess Anne and how I had a nose job to look like Audrey Hepburn by Valerie Singleton". Daily Mail.
- BBC Radio 4, 2007. "PM F.A.Q.." Accessed 2007-09-07.
- BBC Radio 4, 2007. "iPM Blog Introduction." Accessed 2008-08-01.
- BBC Radio 4, 2007 "iPM Show Notes, 22nd December 2007." Accessed 2008-01-08.
- BBC Radio 4, 2007 "What's iPM? 12 October 2007." Accessed 2008-01-08.
- "Up Shares, Down Shares theme tune". BBC Online. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- "Upshares Downshares: More than £70,000 raised. And you can help raise more". BBC Online. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- BBC News, 2005. "RT Poll." Accessed 2007-09-10.