No, a BBC radio station did not resume normal programming following the Queen’s death


Media coverage in Britain and beyond has been dominated by news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, but a supposed clip from a BBC radio station makes it look like it rocked the news with dance music.

In the clip, an announcer cuts out a song saying, “This is BBC News. We are interrupting our schedules for the following announcement: Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

The pulsating music then resumes.

An Instagram post sharing the clip was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat fake news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Learn more about our partnership with Meta, owner of Facebook and Instagram.)

The first part of the clip in the Instagram post is authentic. Radio 1 Dance played the song in the clip and cut to announce Elizabeth’s death. But the station did not resume broadcasting the music, tweeted Scott Bryan, co-host of the ‘Must Watch’ podcast on BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 5 Live.

“All BBC radio programming in the UK has been suspended and brought together in one show to announce the death of HM the Queen,” Bryan said. wrote.

He shared a clip of that moment on Radio 1 Dance and rather than repeating the song, the announcer went on to say more about what Palace had said.

We assess claims that Radio 1 Dance played music after announcing the Queen’s death to be untrue.


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