BBC’s Newsnight finished their programming last night (Nov 3) by playing Sex Pistols‘ ‘God Save the Queen’.
Conservative MP Andrew Rossindell called on the channel to play the national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’ as a symbolic gesture to mark Britain’s impending exit from the European Union.
Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark mentioned Rossindell’s requests before stating; “Well we’re not BBC One and it’s not quite the end of the day but we’re incredibly happy to oblige. Good night”. The programme then played Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save the Queen’. You can watch below.
By popular demand, here's our playout from last night… pic.twitter.com/0woMdwAlmi
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) November 4, 2016
I am calling for BBC1 to play our national anthem at the end of each day! https://t.co/cjOMb45Ba7
— Andrew Rosindell (@AndrewRosindell) November 3, 2016
Rossindell has also requested that the channel play the national anthem on BBC One before it switches over to BBC News 24.
According to Joe.ie, the BBC turned down Rossindell’s request on the basis that it already plays the national anthem at appropriate times and because “it (BBC One) doesn’t close down in the evening”.
Earlier this year (August 8), two of the Sex Pistols’ founding members reunited to play an impromptu gig at a London pub.
Drummer Paul Cook and bass guitarist Glen Matlock performed a short set at The Boogaloo in Highgate on Sunday evening.
The pair were joined by The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde later in the evening.