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Ought we not have some shrine to the pips?

3 February 2024

9:00 AM

3 February 2024

9:00 AM

Do We Still Need the Pips?

BBC Radio 4

When the Pips Stop

BBC Radio 4 Extra

Next week marks the centenary of the pips. On Monday at 9 p.m. a documentary will be broadcast on Radio 4 debating whether the six little tones which ring in each hour ought to be axed as obsolete or preserved for tradition’s sake. Some contributors will speak of them as annoyances – ‘the cockroaches of broadcasting’ is a memorable phrase – and others will ask what could possibly replace them.

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