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Eddie Mair | 16:34 UK time, Wednesday, 16 June 2010

It's Hugh...honestly

Yes, really, you can win this man. We are handing legendary reporter Hugh Sykes over to you.

Over the next few weeks, Hugh will be reading the suggestions, stories and ideas we receive and will record a special piece for iPM.

If you'd like to win Hugh, tell us what you'd like him to report on - it could be a subject close to your heart; something happening in your town, workplace or home; or your unique take on something you've heard in the news - it's up to you. But please send it to us before the 8 July 2010.

How do I send an idea?
You can email ipm [at] bbc.co.uk putting "I'd like to win Hugh Sykes" in the subject line.

You can write to us at
I'd Like To Win Hugh Sykes, iPM,
Room G601, BBC TV Centre London, W12 7RJ

You can leave a comment below or tweet it if you can tell us in under 140 characters.

The terms and conditions are below.

Terms and Conditions for Radio 4 iPM's 'Win Hugh Sykes!'

1. Entry is open to UK residents (including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), except employees of the BBC or associated companies, their close relatives or any person connected to the competition.

2. Listeners are invited to submit ideas for stories which they would like Radio 4's veteran reporter Hugh Sykes to cover. The entry should be based on the listener's ideas, experiences or expertise. They can be expressed in as little as one sentence.

3. Listeners can send their ideas by either:

• Emailing their idea to the following address: ipm@bbc.co.uk or pm@bbc.co.uk;
• Leaving a comment on the PM blog: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/; or
• Sending their idea by post to the following address: iPM, Rm G601, BBC TV Centre, London. W12 7RJ.

4. Entrants must provide the BBC with their name, address and telephone number. The BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering this competition. Please see the BBC's Privacy Policy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/privacy/

5. Entries must be received by 00:01 on Thursday July 8th, 2010. Entries received after this will not be considered.

6. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, violent or any other unsuitable material.

7. By submitting their idea, entrants agree to allow the BBC to produce a report based on their idea which may be broadcast across any media.

8. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

• Do they have some compelling link to the news?
• Would they make an appealing and original radio report of interest to a large number of fellow listeners?
• Do they meet BBC editorial standards?

9. Entries will be judged through the following process:

All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, consisting of 5 senior members of the production team, who will select the entry that they agree most closely fulfils the above criteria.

10. The production team's decision as to which idea is choosen is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

11. The listeners whose idea is selected will be contacted by the production team by Friday July 16th 2010 and their story idea will be covered by Hugh Sykes for the Radio 4 show iPM. The listener is not guaranteed any further input into the story, but they will receive a credit when the report is broadcast.

12. The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, Internet access, system, the post or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

12.The BBC reserves the right to cancel this event at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.

13. By entering this event, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the event and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

14. These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

15. The BBC's code of conduct for competitions applies to this event. You can read more about it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/competitionspolicy.


  • 1. At 4:50pm on 16 Jun 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh, Eddie, stop teasing me/us like this! It would be a dream come true to have Hugh working on something about which I felt passionate, but so would many many others.

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  • 2. At 5:05pm on 16 Jun 2010, Mack O Damia wrote:

    Whoever wins hugh, It'll be brilliant to hear/see the result!

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  • 3. At 5:31pm on 16 Jun 2010, cherrytree wrote:

    I have just heard somebody want to win Hugh Sykes because "Children can't do joined up handwriting any more". Well in the primary schools where I do supply teaching here in West Cumbria they can.

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  • 4. At 6:35pm on 16 Jun 2010, Steve_Worp wrote:

    Basle aircrash tragedy April 1973
    Never forgotten - never forgiven - the intrusive - heartless interviews made by Hugh when he was working for Points West - Asking the bereaved "How do u feel ..."

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  • 5. At 7:14pm on 16 Jun 2010, Hugh Sykes wrote:

    Re: 4: Steve Worp. I remember that awful event - more than a hundred people on a day trip from Somerset died when their plane crashed in a snowstorm in Switzerland.

    But I cannot have reported it for Points West.

    In April 1973 I was still a university student and had never been anywhere near a TV studio. I didn't start working for PW until mid 1974.

    And I hope I have never asked that heartless, insensitive unimaginative question of anyone in comparable circumstances.

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  • 6. At 7:18pm on 16 Jun 2010, Mack O Damia wrote:

    Hugh's in pre-mod?

    Lost your password, PMHugh?

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  • 7. At 7:19pm on 16 Jun 2010, Hugh Sykes wrote:

    The mods are modding a simple comment pointing out that Steve Worp has got the wrong man there in number 4.

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  • 8. At 7:22pm on 16 Jun 2010, Hugh Sykes wrote:

    Apparently I am a 'new member'.

    New email address.

    Not new member

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  • 9. At 7:27pm on 16 Jun 2010, Mack O Damia wrote:

    Start at twenty and cound down, onee post at a time, Hugh.

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  • 10. At 7:42pm on 16 Jun 2010, geoff cox wrote:

    seriously - when & how did the previous govt./opposition know about the apparent wealth of minerals in Afghanistan as reported by New York Times/ Times on-line.

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  • 11. At 7:44pm on 16 Jun 2010, Mack O Damia wrote:

    5. Hugh Sykes

    • "And I hope I have never asked that heartless, insensitive unimaginative question of anyone in comparable circumstances. "

    It didn't sound like the sort of thing you'd do to me. Quite the reverse.

    Glad to hear Steve's mistaken.


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  • 12. At 8:41pm on 16 Jun 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    8: It's alright. Remember Groucho's comment about 'clubs' and chuckle ;o)

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  • 13. At 8:45pm on 16 Jun 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    re Steve Worp: It was an honest mistake, I'm sure, but anyone who'd want to accuse Hugh of insensitivity would find themselves up against many another who would aver the opposite. Hugh is the most humane person on the radio, imho.

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  • 14. At 9:28pm on 16 Jun 2010, Sid wrote:

    You're right about humane, Big Sister. If I had to be put down, I'd want Hugh to do it.

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  • 15. At 11:51pm on 16 Jun 2010, annasee wrote:

    Gosh, Sid, that's quite a compliment! I wonder how Hugh feels about that?

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  • 16. At 00:02am on 17 Jun 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    Annasee, he's right. But I suspect that, like the vet that I used to use, Hugh would probably find it very difficult to put anything down. John the Vet couldn't even kill his own hens .....

    This thread is getting a wee bit mawkish, isn't it?

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  • 17. At 00:23am on 17 Jun 2010, U14519596 wrote:

    8. Hugh Sykes

    • "Apparently I am a 'new member'. "

    You should claim the privileges of rank:
    1. A blue background to your posts
    2. No pre-mod
    3. Trusted to post links to pdf documents

    Stand up and demand treatment appropriate to your station!


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  • 18. At 00:25am on 17 Jun 2010, Steve_Worp wrote:

    If I made a mistake about you Hugh then I apologise - it was the worst kind of reporting that I ever experienced - even that long ago - local reporters trying to make names for themselves shoving microphones into the faces of the bereaved and trying to push them into responding to the crass questions - it sickened me and I don't think I was the only one - I am an ex-Bristolian and I have never forgotten the depths to which the local media sunk to at that time.

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  • 19. At 09:07am on 17 Jun 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    "If I made a mistake about you Hugh then I apologise"

    Why compound the offence by expressing doubt? Hugh has already told you that it wasn't - nay, couldn't have been - him.

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  • 20. At 8:46pm on 17 Jun 2010, Hugh Sykes wrote:

    re: 18...Steve Worp

    "Reporters trying to make names for themselves"

    One Saturday, as presenter of Sports West - a weekly TV sports bulletin - I was asked to kick off a charity game.

    As I ran off, a small queue formed - for my autograph.

    Fame at last.

    And then I heard a little boy at the back of the line saying to his friend:

    "I dunno who this is, but we might as well get it anyway"

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  • 21. At 9:34pm on 17 Jun 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Hugh, I have a lot of things I'd like investigated.

    Ranging from the far weird upcoming encounter of the mystery twin star Nburu with planet Earth down to the more mundane question of why do the daisies in my lawn grow more prolifically after I mow (nope, I know the answer to that)... okay here's the real toughie. Waves on the beach.

    When you are on a beach, the waves come flowing in, always curving up and breaking toward the beach. Even when the tide is going out, they chase up, not quite so far as the one before, maybe, but they never turn and face out to the sea. Why?
    Logically, when the tide is coming in, the waves should go backwards, shouldn't they?

    Nah, I should send this to Material World or Infinite Monkeys ... hmm.

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