‘Witch’ cam­paign puts BBC in bind af­ter Thatcher dies

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LON­DON — The BBC is in a bind af­ter op­po­nents of late Bri­tish leader Mar­garet Thatcher pushed the song Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead to the top of the charts.

An on­line cam­paign to drive the Wizard of Oz ditty to the No. 1 spot on the U.K. sin­gles chart was launched by Thatcher crit­ics shortly af­ter the former prime min­is­ter died of a stroke on Mon­day. She was 87.

Nor­mally, a top po­si­tion on the charts guar­an­tees a song air­time on the BBC, but some called on the broad­caster not to play the song.

John Whit­ting­dale, a law­maker from Thatcher’s Con­ser­va­tive party, told the Daily Mail news­pa­per that many would find the song “deeply in­sen­si­tive.”

Mes­sages left for the BBC weren’t im­me­di­ately re­turned Fri­day.

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Branan said the show made her ‘the hap­pi­est’ she’d been in a long time.

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