BBC defends decision to play 'Ding Dong' song

The BBC has defended its decision to play five seconds of the song Ding, Dong The Witch Is Dead on the Radio 1 chart show this Sunday.

The song has sped up the charts since the death of Baroness Thatcher, propelled by a campaign on Facebook.

The BBC's new Director General Lord Hall said banning the song risked giving what he called a "distasteful campaign behind the song" more publicity.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:


Ding Dong song No2 in chart

'Ding Dong! the Witch is Dead' failed to reach number one in the official singles chart despite a campaign to promote the song in the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death. The song, which is from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, reached number two.