Chart show will ‘only play five seconds of Ding Dong The Witch is Dead’ as row over Thatcher protest single escalates

From The Daily Mail:

BBC bosses were accused of a ‘cop out’ last night when, hours after attacking the campaign to get Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead to number one, they decided to play it anyway. The corporation confirmed it would play a ‘brief excerpt’ of the song during tomorrow’s chart show, prompting claims the broadcaster is being ‘manipulated by anarchists’.

Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead reached number three in the official chart yesterday and last night required only 5,000 more sales to take second place. It was already number one in the iTunes chart.
After hours of private talks, the BBC said the Radio 1 chart show would contain a ‘news item’ explaining why the song was in the charts and that a short clip of the song would be played.

Lord Hall held a series of conversations with Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper and director of radio Graham Ellis about how to deal with the growing storm. But Mr Cooper told Radio 4’s PM programme that it had been his decision to air the clip, not Lord Hall’s.

In a blog posted on the BBC’s website, Mr Cooper wrote: ‘I find the campaign to promote the song in response to the death of Baroness Thatcher as distasteful as anyone.’ He acknowledged there was ‘understandable anger’ from people who were ‘appalled by this campaign’. But he said the chart show could not ‘ignore a high new entry which clearly reflects the views of a big enough portion of the record-buying public to propel it up the charts’. Mr Cooper added: ‘To ban the record from our airwaves completely would risk giving the campaign the oxygen of further publicity and might inflame an already delicate situation.’

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