BBC Radio 1's controller, Ben Cooper, released the following statement defending his decision not to play the full song:
– Ben Cooper, controller of BBC Radio 1
I am not going to play it in full but I will play a clip of it.
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.
I think there's a large part of the population that finds it disrespectful but then on the other hand you have a part of society which has decided to demonstrate in this way.
If I wasn't to play it then I would be seen as banning it and that would bring up issues of freedom of speech and censorship.