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Eddie Mair
Eddie Mair

Eddie Mair presents PM and also its sister programme on Radio Four Broadcasting House. Before that, he helped launch BBC Radio Five Live, fronting Midday with Mair, which won him two Sony Award nominations - for News Presentation, and Talk Broadcaster of the Year.

Eddie was born in Dundee, and began his journalistic career at Radio Tay in the city, hosting weekly phone-ins, news shows and the breakfast show. In 1987 he joined the BBC, starting as a sub-editor for Radio Scotland and later presenting the station's flagship television and radio news programmes, Reporting Scotland and Good Morning Scotland.

He then moved to host the new morning programme Eddie Mair Live, which won a Gold Sony Award for best Breakfast Show. He joined PM in 1998 and says: "PM scores because the people who matter listen to it.

"When the news of Chris Woodhead's departure broke shortly before 5.30, we were able to get on the air the unions, education experts and the education secretary David Blunkett within minutes."

Claire English
Clare English

Clare's journalistic career began on the community broadcast wing of Radio Clyde, in Glasgow. Working as press officer, she did some broadcast appeals and was asked to take a job in the newsroom as a researcher.

She moved to Radio Scotland's newsroom a couple of years later but quickly became the presenter of a weekly youth programme. This was followed by presenting a new arts television programme for BBC Scotland, and then their flagship radio news programme Good Morning Scotland.

In 1994 she moved to London to take up a reporter's job at Westminster for BBC Scotland. She stayed there for three years, culminating in the 1997 election.

That year she also began presenting PM. "Working with the PM team is great fun - but it's the pace of the programme and the mix I enjoy the most," she says.

"Very often stories are still developing as we go on air bringing a real sense of immediacy to our news coverage."

Carolyn Quinn
Carolyn Quinn

Carolyn presents PM and is also one of the BBC's political correspondents at Westminster. After a French degree, she trained to be a teacher, but since university days had always had a yearning to be a journalist. She gave up teaching, got a job as a ward clerk at Charing Cross Hospital and started to volunteer on the hospital radio station.

She freelanced before joining the Irish Post and was then selected for a BBC local radio trainee scheme. After training and two years at Radio Solent, Carolyn became a reporter on the local radio desk for the BBC at Westminster.

She became political correspondent in 1994. "Life at Westminster is never dull," she says, "and the House of Commons maintains its hold over me. I've experienced by-elections, conferences, and of course, the 1997 election."

Carolyn became a regular PM presenter in summer 2000. "There are days when it's hair-raising and fast-moving.

"But nothing beats the adrenaline rush of live radio, and the experience of working on the day's top stories for one of Radio Four's key news programmes."

Nigel Wrench
Nigel Wrench

Nigel combines presenting PM with reporting on arts and cultural issues for the programme. He's been on the team for almost five years, and aside from work in Britain, he's reported for PM from locations as diverse as Jerusalem, St Petersburg and Bucharest.

Nigel was born in Birmingham, but he grew up in South Africa where he began his journalistic career. He reported on the anti-apartheid protests of the 1980s, and was one of the BBC's reporters at the prison gates when Nelson Mandela walked free.

In Britain, he has reported for the Today programme. He is the recipient of a gold Sony Award for presenting the gay and lesbian news programme Out This Week, and a New York Radio Award for his Radio 4 documentary Aids and Me.

He says of PM: "It's the best place to be when a big story is breaking - but there is also the space to give a real perspective, not just on the day's events, but on the whys and wherefores behind the major issues."

Dan Damon
Dan Damon

Dan began his BBC career as a technical operator in the radio control room at Broadcasting House. In those days, quite a lot of the equipment still had polished wooden handles.

His journalism began in 1982 when he presented a nightly phone-in on one of London's first commercial radio stations, LBC.

Dan has always been interested in foreign travel and so began to work for satellite stations in the Netherlands and Scandinavia. In 1989, with his wife Sian who is a camera operator, he decided to visit friends in Hungary to see what appeared to be some interesting changes in Cold War politics.

His timing was lucky, and for the next seven years he found himself covering revolutions and wars in countries as far apart as Mongolia and Albania for a variety of television and radio stations and newspapers.

He returned to work for Radio Four and BBC World Service, and has just completed two MA degrees in Eastern European politics and international law - an attempt to learn the theory behind his very exciting practical experience in the 1990s.

As well as presenting PM, Dan reports regularly on cultural and political issues for Sunday morning's Broadcasting House programme. Dan and Sian have three children under ten, so most of their leisure time isn't very leisurely!

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