BBC to play 'four to five seconds' of Thatcher protest song
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The BBC has announced it will not play " " in its entirety on today's . The song has become the third most downloaded single of the week, following the death of former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The song is featured in the 1939 film .
Controller of Radio 1 Ben Cooper said "about a four or five second clip" of the song would be included in a news item explaining why it has featured in the charts, which will air as part of the programme.
BBC Director-General free speech.stated that although he believed the song was "distasteful and inappropriate", an outright ban would breach the principle of
Conservative MP , Chairman of the welcomed the BBC's decision, acknowledging "this was always going to be a very difficult decision for the BBC [...] I don't think it would have been right to have allowed the chart show to have been hijacked for political purposes and had they played the whole song that would have been the consequence. But on the other hand they couldn't have just ignored the fact that it does feature amongst the most downloaded singles of the week."
Conservative MP Rob Wilson, for, however, said the BBC had "come up with a very British old-fashioned fudge" and Mrs Thatcher would have been "horrified [...] that she could in any way have censorship in her own country."
Mrs Thatcher's supporters have launched a campaign to get "" into the music chart alongside "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead".
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