BBC: Full Ding Dong song 'would be disrespectful'

BBC Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper defended the station's decision to play a five-second snippet of the Ding Dong song on Sunday's chart show, saying it did not amount to a ban.

"Playing the whole record would be disrespectful, but banning it is not the solution," he said.

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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.