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'Witch is Dead' song headed for top five in Official Chart

The main cast from the classic film 'The Wizard of Oz'. Credit: Reuters

The Wizard Of Oz track 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' which has had a surge of popularity in the wake of Baroness Thatcher's death is on course for a place in the top five.

An online campaign has driven sales of the track, and the latest placings released by the Official Charts Company show it had sold 20,000 copies by Wednesday night, when it was a number four.

It had been at number 10 in the Official Charts Update earlier on Wednesday.

The song is currently at number one on the iTunes and Amazon downloads charts but both physical and digital sales are combined to give the Official Chart rankings.


NUJ: BBC Nottingham journalists to strike next Monday

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has said journalists at the BBC in Nottingham are to go on strike next Monday in a dispute over compulsory redundancies.

Members of the NUJ will walk out for 24 hours to support colleagues elsewhere in the country whose jobs are under threat.

Despite swathes of cuts throughout the BBC, the Union has negotiated many successful settlements for our members to avoid being made forcefully redundant. Unfortunately the BBC management has, in some cases, failed to follow agreed policies for redeployment – advertising jobs externally when there are people inside the Corporation who could do the work.

– NUJ Rep Kevin Stanley


80's Mania Show postponed due to Jimmy Savile references

Organisers of an 80's Mania show due to open in Mansfield on 26th October are postponing the performance until next year because of pre-recorded video content featuring impersonations of Jimmy Savile.

The say the content can't be removed and have rescheduled for April next year.

"Recently published allegations over Jimmy Savile's private life, whether true or not, have forced us to make a decision on the screening of what could be deemed as sensitive and emotive material." The Reunion Group

80's Mania performers Credit: The Reunion Group

Freddie Starr denies wrongdoing after being accused of groping a teenager

Freddie Starr pictured with Karin Ward from Shropshire Credit: BBC

The comedian Freddie Starr, who lives in Studley in Warwickshire, has denied any wrong doing after claims he groped a teenager at a recording of one of Jimmy Savile's shows.

Karin Ward - who's from Shropshire - was 14 at the time of the recording.

Initially Freddie Starr denied ever being on the same show as the teenager but since then footage has been released showing Freddie Starr sitting inches from her on Jimmy Savile's show Clunk Clink.

His lawyers have said that Freddie Starr was mistaken about his presence at the show but that he "vigorously" denied groping the school girl.

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