Irish Radio happy to play Thatcher song

Whilst most stations in the UK are avoiding the song, radio stations in Ireland are happy to play Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.

rte2fmThe song is linked to an anti-Thatcher campaign and is set to be the number one song in the official UK charts on Sunday afternoon. And a report says RTE won’t be banning the song and has already played it on 2fm.

A spokeswoman told the Irish Independent: “The song is not play-listed on 2fm as it doesn’t necessarily fit with the station’s usual output, but there are certainly no restrictions on the song and DJs are free to play it as they see fit.”

BBC Radio 1 has said it won’t be playing the song on its chart show, but would play a clip of it for news purposes.

Dick Doyle, chief executive of Irish Record Music Association (Irma), which compiles Ireland’s music singles countdown, said it would only take 300 or 400 sales to get into the top 40.

“It would take a few thousand to reach number one at this time of year,” he said. “That figure might be higher at Christmas but this is around the quietest time of the year.”

Mr Doyle said he did not expect the track to reach the Irish top spot, judging by previous trends for novelty or campaign-driven entries.

“It would take a huge number of downloads to get up there,” he said. “It would be very difficult to do that.”

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