Spelling of ‘program’

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I have a strong memory of an article in either CW or its rival publication claiming that the spelling of 'program' was defined somewhere in Manchester in the very early days of computing.  There was supposed to have been a big argument which was settled by the then Professor (whose name escapes me) who gave instructions on his own authority that the word was to be spelt without the final 'me'.  Can anyone verify this, if possible with a reference?
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Program or Programme?
The basic difference is between different languages:

American English always uses program.
British English uses programme unless referring to computers.
Australian English recommends program for official usage, but programme is still in common use.
The word “program” was predominant in the UK until the 19th century, when the spelling “programme” became more common — largely as a result of influence from French, which has the same word “programme”.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    As far as current market trend, generally in computer world the spelling is written as "Program", but in general English term it is written as "Programme" . However UK-English & US-English may differ.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Moreover, an American English, program is the correct spelling. While in British English, programme is the preferred spelling. As stated earlier, in context of Computer Science, always program is used.
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