BBC chiefs refuse to play ‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ on Radio 1

Judy Garland song is on course for high chart entry this Sunday (April 14)

The BBC have said they will not play Judy Garland’s version of ‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ should it reach Number One this weekend.

As reported, the song has sold over 20,000 copies since Monday with music fans using it as a celebration of the death of former PM Margaret Thatcher. However, with the song on course for a high chart entry this weekend the BBC has been forced to discuss what will happen on the Official Chart Show should the song be at the top of the chart on Sunday. Previously, Director-General Lord Hall has said that it was an “editorial decision” with The Telegraph reporting that he has passed the final decision as to whether the song gets played or not onto Ben Cooper, Radio 1 controller.

Ben Cooper has subsequently made the decision to play a clip of the song but has ruled out playing the full track on Radio 1. Cooper called the decision “a difficult compromise”. Speaking to Radio 1 Newsbeat, he said: “The decision I have made is not I am not going to play it in full but that I will play a clip of it in a news environment. When I say a news environment, that is a news reader telling you about the fact that this record has reached a certain place in the chart and here is a clip of that track. It is a compromise and it is a difficult compromise to come to. You have very difficult and emotional arguments on both sides of the fence. Let’s not forget you also have a family that is grieving for a loved one who is yet to be buried.”

Lord McAlpine, a former Conservative Party treasurer previously said that he is “astounded” that the corporation would consider playing the song this weekend, stating: “They are letting the charts be hijacked for political purposes. I’m absolutely astounded that they are even considering playing it. It’s another example of how out of control the BBC is.”

Meanwhile, Morrissey made his feelings on Margaret Thatcher clear this week when he said that the former Prime Minister “did not give a shit about people”.