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Eddie Mair | 13:29 UK time, Thursday, 3 May 2007

we're able to bring you something normally only heard by award judges.

Here is PM's Gold winning entry for the Interactive award.

In fact it's not the complete entry...we've left out the final interview. It's included in the list of entries below just for the record. But we've been unable to contact again the woman we interviewed, and, not knowing her current circumstances, out of respect to her and her son, we didn't want to "rebroadcast" it here without her permission.

Otherwise, it's all there. Here is the complete list of what we submitted to the judges:

1. Text interaction 22/11/2006. Duration 1'31"
PM receives hundreds of texts and emails during the programme. Eddie Mair reads out many of the pithier ones. This contains a selection on the same topic

2. Birdsong. 06/06/2006. Duration 3'38"
Big Ben's chimes - which usually signal the end of PM - fall silent for repairs. Listeners write, email and text the programme to offer suggestions on how to replace them. One reader suggests bird song. The idea is taken up.

3. The announcement that Eddie Mair is starting a PM blog. 17/08/2006. Duration 37"
From small beginnings, the PM Blog rapidly expands and is soon the BBC's most visited blog. By mid December 2006, there had been 15,000 hits.

4. Letters. 24/11/2006. Duration 6'59.
Every Friday, a selection of listeners' letters, texts, emails and phone calls are broadcast.

5. Window on Your World. Duration 54"
PM asks listeners to take a photo of what they can see at 5pm on December 5th and to send in their photos so they can be put up for all to see. Eventually, more than 10,000 are sent in.

6. Window on Your World. 16"
Another request for pictures.

7. Wood Pigeon. 22/06/2006. Duration 3'49"
A listener complains that, in our birdsong slot, we have badly edited the Wood Pigeon's call and it ruined his enjoyment. He is right.

8. Trail. Frequent use. Duration: 13"
A trail from a former PM presenter, Clare English, mentioning the Blog.

9. Probation interview. 07/11/2006. Duration 7'08"
In response to a BBC story about criticism of the Probation Service, a mother emails to say her drug addict son is due in court and she wants him in jail, not on probation. PM contacts her and she agrees to be interviewed.


  1. At 01:56 PM on 03 May 2007, Listener wrote:

    Eddie - I remember very well that interview that you broadcast with the mother of the drug addict son. It was one of the best bits of interviewing I have heard on any media. It is typical of the PM style that you would hesitate to re-broadcast without getting permission once again - well done.

  2. At 02:03 PM on 03 May 2007, Judith wrote:

    I hadn't realised that your latest trinket was the result of entering a competition. I had assumed that the judges did a bit of research and selected the best of everything that's "out there".

    Did you have to register your entry via a premium rate phone line?


  3. At 02:03 PM on 03 May 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    enough already, you won!

    DI Wyman

  4. At 02:09 PM on 03 May 2007, Brian Christley wrote:

    Good Afternoon PM - Whilst driving home from work those in my car would fall silent at approximately 5:50pm as the letters were read out on the PM programme, and on most days your correspondents managed not only to put the day’s news into context but invite further thought and debate. Now that you have moved the letter slot to Friday, their impact has gone, you seem to spend most of the allocated time rerunning the reports so that we have some idea of what the letters were about, and when they are finished none of us even mention them. We all like Eddy, but not his choice of ad hoc text messages he sometimes reads out that are not really fit for purpose – they seem to be the type of things people say and then 10 seconds later wish they hadn’t. Please turn the clock back and let us enjoy something that really worked.
    Yours faithfully

  5. At 02:23 PM on 03 May 2007, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    I think it is the chutzpah of including your foul-ups that earned you the award!

  6. At 02:24 PM on 03 May 2007, Roberto Carlos Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR wrote:

    BBC PM deserves to win.

  7. At 02:26 PM on 03 May 2007, andycroak wrote:

    What's all this about an award?

  8. At 02:28 PM on 03 May 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:


    Yesterday I was listening to a station that specialises in classical music and advertisements. Several times they made reference to their Sony award.

    PM can crow all it likes, I say.

  9. At 02:38 PM on 03 May 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Brian (4)

    I agree with you somewhat about the letters slot. It used to be at about 5:25 when I was in my car. I rarely hear it now, except when I manage to make a special effort on Fridays.

    To compensate for this I used to look on the PM web site each day and read "Your emails". Then along came the blog, which takes up too much of my time...

  10. At 02:42 PM on 03 May 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    For the first time, I have spotted a peculiar phenomenon on the blog.

    In the RH column are links to "Recent Comments". Two of them, Roberto and Stephen, lead to this page but the entries are not there yet! In fact, I knew I should have taken a screen shot 'cause they've now gone!

  11. At 03:01 PM on 03 May 2007, Listener wrote:

    Vyle - Tha happens quite often. Either on the Recent Comments but not on the threads yet or more often, lots of posts on the threads and the Recent Comments a couple of hours behind! The Recent Entries is one behind at the moment Pay no attention to them!

  12. At 03:23 PM on 03 May 2007, jonnie wrote:

    The sony award winning blog :-)

  13. At 03:44 PM on 03 May 2007, Carl wrote:

    Awards... it's not the giving that counts, it's the taking.

    Awards become corroded, but listeners do not gather dust.

    The test of a man's character is how he takes praise.

    Watch it PM!.. and I don't mean 'stare' at it!

  14. At 03:54 PM on 03 May 2007, Carl wrote:

    Good to see the BBC keeping up the Reithian ethic..inform educate, entertain and advertise Sony at every opportunity. They make very nice TVs and MP3 players by the way.. award winning some of them!

  15. At 04:12 PM on 03 May 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    enough already, i can't afford a sony, have to use the longwave and my crystal set.

  16. At 04:30 PM on 03 May 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Carl....The test of a man's character is how he takes praise

    dontcha mean

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
    Abraham Lincoln
    16th president of US (1809 - 1865)

    plug in and power up Eddie i say

  17. At 04:43 PM on 03 May 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Congrats to Bill n Ben, Simon Worrall and Ed Iglehart whose emails on the n-word formed part of the winning entry!

    Frog royalty if ever there could be such a thing.

    Awards are the only thing Sony make that are any good. Every electronic gadget we've had of theirs has died long before its time (though outside the 1-year warranty of course).

    I'm hoping the portable DVD player I recently won in a crossword competition will prove me wrong ... it's ever so cute, though not very practical as we don't watch DVDs!


  18. At 06:31 PM on 03 May 2007, Frances O wrote:

    And let's not forget the Radio Academy, without which...

    Anyway, I'll reserve this to listen to later on when there's something boring on the radio.

  19. At 08:59 AM on 04 May 2007, Simon Worrall wrote:

    Fifi (17);
    Really? Oooh, I shall have to listen to it this evening when I get home. Can't listen to anything during the working week, when I'm in Norwich 'cause my only access is at work.

    But for REAL Frog royalty check out who's got the strapline today; Another winner for our Fifi! Well done Ms.! I only wish I had that kind of talent.


  20. At 04:04 PM on 04 May 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:


    Thanks for alerting me, I'll give it a listen of course, cause there's nothing as soothing as the sound of me own words.

    On straplines you're the Queen. For once I echo Si, and in this nobility there's plenty of out-breeding.

  21. At 04:24 PM on 04 May 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Again I'm shocked by the voice and intonation used for my words! Weird hearing my written words read out so completely differently than I would have spoken them.

    It also emphasises the difference between our writing and speaking styles. I've been trying for years to write as I'd speak, but with very limited success, it would seem. ;-)

    PM certainly deserves the award.


  22. At 06:25 PM on 04 May 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Ed I (21) I'm just the opposite....I'd love to speak as I write, but I must admit that hearing my words read out with a posh voice was hilarious!

  23. At 03:43 PM on 05 May 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Reflecting on tis written/spoken thing, Before the Frog was born, I once sent an email to Broadcasting House in response to a newsletter request to nominate the most dangerous idea...

    A producer rang me and wanted me to go to Dumfries to record my comments. I said, "We could do it by phone."

    He said he'd rather have the better sound quality, and he'd get back to me to let me know when they'd be able to handle me in Dumfries. He rang back with a time in half an hour (it takes 25 minutes to get there) and so I rushed, parked hurriedly and went to the studio to be greeted by a journalist I already knew and who had recorded me before. It was a disaster. I flubbed, babbled and sped through my own words, self-editing and allsorts.

    All had to do was read my own words! Grrr!

    The most dangerous idea ever let loose lies at the core of modern Science: that the universe is comprehensible to the human brain. On examination, it's patently absurd, like a drop of water containing the cup, but absurdity hasn't ever stopped humans for long.

    Just consider the widespread but unrecognised assumption that the environment is just another part of The Economy. This leads to discussions as to whether we can really afford to save the world....(it might hurt The Economy, reduce GDP, increase unemployment, etc.)....

    I'd love to try again sometime, but please let me do it from home....( can even sing into my laptop) ;-)

    xx ed

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