Another blow against our National Fabric

The Bliar Broadcasting Corporation has recently decided to scrap the medley of British Folk tunes which heralds each new day on Radio 4.

The tune was composed by Fritz Spiegel (not a very British name - but he did it to commemorate and musically define our unique island heritage).

The news made me at first furious, and then just overwhelmingly sad because of the way it has just been railroaded through by a new geezer, also with a dodgy handle, who I reckon has never actually listened to the tune. OK I don't catch it everyday, but on those occasions when I'm up I do. I'm normally on my way to the coast to go sailing if I do hear it - we then get the Shipping Forecast. It is simply an 'institution', albeit only 33 years old. But there is no reason on Earth to bin it!

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Said @rsewipe tried justifying it being removed by saying they needed more news coverage on radio 4, saying to John Humphrys "some people are up before the Today programme starts at 6 you know John". Perhaps someone should tell him that they've probably been awake long enough to hear the last World Service news that runs from 5-5.30 on the R4 wavelengths.

What he couldn't say was that anyone had asked for more news or complained about the 'theme'.

PS - the link is, 12,000+ votes so far
The term I would use is cultural erosion.
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Got to say that I hear that theme on quite a few mornings and take great pleasure in turning it up very loud and annoying all the boxhead drivers around me.

As if we don't get enough doom and gloom news reports in the mornings, this @rrse wants to gives even more.
Aww no way! It would be like banning Fish 'n' Chips or the Liberal Party not being the 'Joke' in UK Politics :lol:

Used to listen to it every morning when driving in at 'sparrows' for the early shift at Leuchars, don’t know why, but the tune just seemed to click in a 'Apocalypse Now' Huey over the delta sort of way going round the perry track towards 111 Sqn as you drove past the estuary on the right and the sea mist slowly lifting with the 'thump' of the 'suicidal bunnies' going under the Volvo 8O

Bl**dy things were everywhere!!! the only place I've been other than site guard that had two security fences, One at the normal 2.4 mtrs to keep in the singlies and another at about 500mm to keep out the bunnies!!!
Wasnt aware there were two 6 o'clocks in a day. Could someone post a link to the tune so I can refresh my braincell please
Sorry, my sound card is shot on the laptop but it starts off like this:
"Dur di dee dee dur di dur dee, dur dee dur dee dee duh duh duh duh" with a trumpet or two.
You need to go up and down the scale a bit, but it is as I remember it, sort of.
Bugger! I've just missed the new Radio 4 twot trying to defend his decision on 'Feedback'. Anyone catch it?


Yep, usual Birtist "We hear what you say (in caring voice) but tough t*t; we are going to get rid of it anyway as segments of our audience research show that our crack of dawn audience wants tw@tting over the head with yet more news, and hey I am very intelligent and you arn't."
As a replacement try this:

Dum de dum de dum de dum,
Dum de dum de dum dum,
Dum de dum de dum de dum,
Dum de diddley dum,
Dum de diddley,
Dum de diddley,
Dum de diddley dum
Dum de dum de dum de dum
Dum de diddley dum!
DigitalGeek said:
As a replacement try this:

Dum de dum de dum de dum,
Dum de dum de dum dum,
Dum de dum de dum de dum,
Dum de diddley dum,
Dum de diddley,
Dum de diddley,
Dum de diddley dum
Dum de dum de dum de dum
Dum de diddley dum!
Okay, so The Archers are the only feckers up early enough to hear it, but that's not the point!


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More to the point why don't they play the tune at a more appropiate time when most of us are up and about. Or second thought: Perhaps BFBS could take it on.
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What would be the outcry if we banned the call to prayer???? or moved it till nine in the morning
I know its not quite the same thing but you know what I mean

Getting rid of the Radio 4 theme is a disgrace. I'm sure the downhill slide began when all this numbering nonsense started; what was wrong with the Light Programme (now Radio 2), the Home Service (Radio 4), and utterly incomprehensible drivel (Radio 1)?

The World Service has gone all pc now, and is a shadow of its former self. Bring back 'Girls in Grey' and the Radio Newsreel! The version of Liliburlero they play now isn't even the proper one.

All the original recordings for the World Service music were made by the Central Band of the RAF.

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