The broadcaster on the joys of LBC’s Steve Allen, home cinema and Alec Baldwin’s contacts book
Born in Dundee, Eddie Mair turned down a place at university to work at Radio Tay, a local station where he started presenting aged 17. In 1987 Mair joined the BBC, working on Good Morning Scotland, travel programme Breakaway, and BBC 5 Live, where he presented the news programme Midday with Mair. His combative interviews with Boris Johnson have twice made headlines: in March 2013 when he stood in on The Andrew Marr Show, and in June this year on Radio 4. Mair currently hosts R4’s daily news and current affairs programme PM and occasionally presents Newsnight. His memoir A Good Face for Radio: Confessions of a Radio Head(Little, Brown, £18.99) is published on 2 November.