Sometimes things don't make it onto the programme.
A PM Newsletter subscriber writes:
"Dear Eddie & team
I caught all of PM tonight apart from the first 5 mins, and was extremely disappointed there was no coverage on the late great Richard Holbrooke who died today.
This man has made major contributions to politics and world peace, and the omission was very disappointing.
While I enjoyed the light fluffy bit at the end of the programme about old films on blighty, surely this could have been broadcast another day to create space for an item on Richard Holbrook?
I am addicted to the programme and you get the mix right 99% of the time, but this was a disappointing oversight.
For the record I was extremely happy with the level of coverage on wikileaks / Julian Assange earlier, but suggest you need an item on how to pronounce his name. The Baroness took it it a new level tonight!
Keep up the great work.
Very best wishes, and a happy Christmas!
Sue - thanks for all that. As it happens, we did prepare some coverage of Mr Holbrooke. We had clips from a Radio 4 Profile programme and an interview I recorded during yesterday afternoon with James Rubin. There was a lot of time pressure last night. Between recording our Rubin interview and going on air, the Assange story grew and so did our coverage, with a slot that was planned to take up about 6 minutes taking probably nearer 13 by the time you include all our updates.
During a very fluid programme, our Holbrooke coverage was in and out of the running order several times while we were on air. In the end, there was extra time pressure because our forensics interviews over-ran their alloted time and a decision was taken that there had already been some Holbrooke coverage on the network. In addition, as you can hear below, our phone line to James Rubin was not the best. So on balance, the item went. But here is what we were planning to do:
"Tributes have been paid to the American diplomat Richard Holbrooke who's died at the age of 69.
The foreign secretary Williams Hague said he was "a remarkable diplomat and public servant who served his country with great distinction". Referring to his work on the Dayton Peace Accords, the Foreign Secretary said Mr Holbrooke "saved countless lives and helped pull an entire country back from the brink. His death is a sore loss to international diplomacy."
In a moment we'll hear another view from the United States - but before that, a chance to hear again parts of a profile of Mr Holbrooke broadcast on Radio 4 in March last year. Mr Holbrooke's third wife, the journalist Kati Marton, was asked if he had any faults:
Kati Marton also told Radio 4's Profile programme that when he started going out with her - having known her for a long time- he gave her a piece of paper detailing every time he'd seen her in nine years, including spotting her in a lift.
James Rubin was a diplomat and served in the state department under Bill Clinton. He worked with Richard Holbrooke.