Eddie Mair goes head-to-head with PM programme on new show

  • Published
Eddie MairImage source, LBC
Image caption,
Mair's new show will run for two hours every weekday

Broadcaster Eddie Mair will host the drivetime show on commercial station LBC - pitting him directly against his old PM show on BBC Radio 4.

The 52-year-old announced he will host a two-hour weekday programme, beginning at 16:00, from 3 September.

The veteran presenter, who left the BBC in August, previously hosted PM, which airs on Radio 4 from 17:00 to 18:00.

James Rea, LBC's managing editor, said it was "terrific to welcome Eddie to our powerhouse presenting team."

Iain Dale, LBC's current drivetime presenter, will host a new weekday evening show from 19:00 to 22:00.

Mair himself professed ignorance about the shake-up, tweeting: "Well this is the first I'm hearing of this."

Dale took the decision to give him a later slot in good part, calling Mair "one of the top five names in speech radio".

"When you get the chance to recruit someone like him you're a fool if you pass it up," he wrote on his personal blog.

"Eddie's signing makes our team stronger."

'A little different'

Mair made his last appearance on PM on 8 August, bringing to an end a 25-year association with the programme.

The show has had guest presenters since his departure and a full-time replacement is yet to be announced.

Writing in the Radio Times last month, Mair said he was leaving the BBC because he wanted "to do something a little different".

The Scottish presenter earned between £300,000 and £350,000 a year for his work on Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs programme.

Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

Related Internet Links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.