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Sunday, April 14, 2013

The BBC - censoring news and the arts again

Just noticed this report on the BBC News site, and in particular the bit about the BBC's Radio One Chart Show.

Later on Sunday, the UK singles chart positions of Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead, a song at the centre of an anti-Lady Thatcher campaign, and I'm In Love With Margaret Thatcher, a 1980s punk song adopted by pro-Thatcher campaigners, will become known.

Sales of Ding Dong! - from the 1939 musical film the Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland - have soared since her death.

The BBC has defended its decision not to play the song in full on Radio 1's Official Chart Show, saying it had had to take the feelings of her grieving family into account. It will play a five-second clip of the song in a news item if the song charts.

However, it has said I'm In Love With Margaret Thatcher will be played if it is a high entry because there are "no editorial reasons not to".


.... so if a classic from an American musical is number 1 it will be censored because it has become associated with opposition to Thatcherism. But if a song explicitly entitled "I Love Margaret Thatcher" is number 1, it will be played in full. Coming up shortly on North Korean State radio.......

Perhas the only funny thing about all this is that the song the Thatcherites have adopted was originally written as a satirical swipe at the newly-elected PM (and indeed, it's clearly intended to sound as though it's being sung by a bunch of knuckle-dragging morons).

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