The BBC has come out saying that Rule Britannia and Land of hope and glory will be sung at the last night of the proms. This U-turn comes after the BBC was lambasted with complaints from the public as well as high flying figures. The whole attempt to silence such cherished songs by the BBC has done “terrible damage” to the broadcaster.
The new director, Tim Davie, who is taking over from Lord Hall has said he wants to clear up the BBC, placing it on a footing where it represents everyone, he wants to set a fresh tone. Boris Johnson stepped into the row hammering the BBC over it woke “cringing embarrassment” over Britain’s history.
Boris said: “I think it’s time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our own history, about our customs, and about our civilization, and we stopped this overall fight of self-recrimination and wetness, I wanted to get that off my chest.”
Today the BBC said, “both pieces will now include a select group of BBC singers”.
“We have been looking hard at what else may be possible, and we’ve got a solution.
“This means the words will be sung in the Hall, and as we have always made clear, audiences will likely be free to sing along at home.”
The proms this year won’t have a full choir or audience over Covid-19 fears.
BBC added: “We’re doing everything possible to make it special and want a Night truly to remember.”
The reaction from the U-Turn has been cheered from many of social media. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden today hailed the news saying “Pleased to see common sense has prevailed on the BBC Proms.”
Actor Laurence Fox, who had been leading in the effort to get the Beeb into a u-turn, said: “WE BLOODY DID IT!
“You’re amazing! They must listen if we talk loud enough. Well done. I am so Satisfied!”
The newly appointed director-general has been overturning some decisions in the BBC that have been labelled contentious with his aim to restore “trust and confidence” in the BBC. One primary requirement the director-general may make is to make corporation stars declare any external earnings.
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