Portsmouth MP urges BBC to bring back and update long
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F 35 believed to be from HMS Queen Elizabeth makes an emergency landing in IbizaThe Portsmouth North MP has written to director general Tim Davie asking for the UK Theme, played daily at 5.30am on Radio 4 for 28 years before it was axed, to be restored and even modernised.
Its five minute run time is an orchestral mix of songs linked to the four nations brought together by Jewish musician Fritz Spiegl who found refuge in the United Kingdom away from the Nazis in 1939.
In her book Greater: Britain after the Storm, Ms Mordaunt blasted the BBC as a ‘self centred organisation’ that caused a ‘self inflicted scar’ by axing the song on St George’s Day in 2006.
Now the Cabinet Office minister has written to Mr Davie about ‘rebuilding’ trust with its audience.
She said: ‘One example of where that trust was lost was in the axing of the UK Theme. I am sure you are aware of the matter but what is not often appreciated was its provenance.